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Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District is honored to provide water distribution and wastewater collection services to 18,017 residences and businesses in western Arapahoe, eastern Jefferson, and northern Douglas Counties. The District appreciates the opportunity to communicate timely news and information about its services and related topics to citizens, builders, vendors, and other interested parties by use of this website.
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We also encourage you to attend the District's Board of Directors meetings held at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the District office, 8739 W. Coal Mine Ave.
District News Articles
DRINKING WATER WEEK 2013: PROTECTING WATER INTO THE FUTURE (May 20-26)
As National Drinking Water Week activities begin, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins water professionals across North America in urging consumers to evaluate how they currently value, use and access water, and how to protect it into the future North America's water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life. However, current trends in population, economic growth, energy, climate and pollution affect water usage and the critical infrastructure the system needs to function properly.... Read more5/10/2013
2013 WATER QUALITY REPORT
Denver Water began mailing the 2013 Water Quality Report directly to Southwest Metropolitan customers this month. The report contains a wealth of information about not only the quality of your water but, also, about where your water comes from and how it is treated before it is delivered to your home or business... Read more5/3/2013
LANDSCAPING AROUND METER PITS AND FIRE HYDRANTS
Southwest Metropolitan requires a minimum three foot “clear” radius around water meter pits to be maintained. The shut-off valve for your water service is located in the meter pit. Hiding or covering the pit makes operation and maintenance difficult and increases the likelihood of delays, additional charges on your water bill and property damage, should the water line break inside your house. Both Southwest Metropolitan and the West Metro Fire Department require fire hydrants remain visible and accessible at all times. The District and the Fire Department must have unimpeded access to connect their hoses and equipment in routine maintenance and emergency situations. District and Fire Department regulations require that all fire hydrants be clear of bushes, fences, posts, decorative landscaping, and other obstructions a minimum of 3 feet of the rear and on each side of the hydrant and full clearance in front.... Read more4/26/2013
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT SEASON BEGINS
Southwest Metropolitan is gearing up for the upcoming capital improvement season. This year the District will be conducting one water project and three sewer rehabilitation and replacement projects.... Read more4/19/2013
DISTRICT BOARD CONSIDER WATER SERVICE FEE
As reported in the November 30, 2012 article titled, District To Experience Large Deficit In 2013, Southwest Metropolitan expects to incur a $5.7 million deficit this year, followed by lesser losses each year through 2022. The deficits are caused by large capital expenses planned for 2013 through 2016 to rehabilitate aging concrete sewer pipelines. These necessary capital projects will reduce the District’s cash reserves to an unsustainable level. Southwest currently does not charge its customers for the services it provides. The bulk of District revenue is produced by income derived from investment of reserve funds. As capital expenditures reduce the reserve fund balance, investment income will no longer produce sufficient revenue to operate and maintain the District’s extensive water distribution and wastewater collection systems.... Read more4/12/2013
DON'T TURN THOSE SPRINKLERS ON YET!
We need your help! More than half the water used between May and October is used for landscape irrigation. Based on community water use figures, 40% to 50% of that landscape irrigation water is wasted! This is often due to poor irrigation system design, poor maintenance, poor management and the fact that past irrigation system design was seldom focused on water conservation. ... Read more3/29/2013
THEY AREN’T WASTING WATER...THEY ARE PRESERVING PUBLIC HEALTH
Every year beginning in April and concluding in October, the District flushes dead-end water mains and fire hydrants. Flushing the distribution system removes stale water and ensures that the quality of the water remains fresh and clean to meet State and Federal Standards. Since we are in a drought... Read more3/27/2013
DENVER WATER APPROVES MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS
March snows have not done enough to improve the current drought conditions. Most of Colorado is in the second year of a severe drought and above-average temperatures, which has led to low snowpack and low reservoir levels across the state. As a result, at its meeting today, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 2 drought, which means customers will have two assigned watering days a week beginning April 1.... Read more3/22/2013
DROUGHT! MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS BEGIN APRIL 1ST
You no doubt have been hearing the escalating concern about drought conditions in Colorado. Recent snows have benefited parched metro Denver area landscapes, but have not significantly improved the snowpack our water system relies on. Stacey Cheney of Denver Water stated that there is still a big deficit of mountain snow that fills the reservoirs and that Colorado would need another 8 to 10 feet of snow in the high country to pull the state out of a drought. “If these conditions continue, we may face the worst drought in Denver Water’s history, and it is likely that by April 2014 we will be nearing the lowest reservoir storage we have ever seen,” Chesney said.... Read more