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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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District News Articles
EXPERIENCING LOW WATER PRESSURE?
Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as showering, washing your dishes or watering your lawn, frustrating and time consuming, but finding the cause can be the most irksome aspect of this common plumbing problem. So what causes a home's low water pressure? Here are some of the usual suspects:... Read more
WHAT IS THE PINK STUFF IN MY TOILET, SHOWER OR PET’S DISH?
What is that occasional pink stuff in your toilet, shower, pet’s dish or in your teen aged son’s bathroom sink? It’s most likely a bacteria called Serratia marcescens bacteria. That’s a lab dish full of it in the photo to the left. Each year, a few customers call the District to ask about a slimy pink substance that sometimes forms in moist areas around their homes. They most frequently observe it in toilet bowls, on surfaces in shower stalls and bathtub enclosures, on tiles, in sinks, and in pet water dishes... Read more
WHAT IS THE STORY ABOUT FLUORIDE IN MY WATER?
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency changed the standards and guidelines on fluoride in drinking water. Addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is recommended by Centers for Disease Control, HHS, and the American Dental Association to help prevent tooth decay, particularly in children. It was recognized by the CDC as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. The agency lowered the recommended concentration of fluoride from a range of 0.7–1.2 mg/L to a flat 0.7 mg/L. Denver Water (the District’s water source) began targeting the 0.7 milligrams per liter in its water in January 2011 when this level was first proposed by the HHS. At its meeting on August 26, 2015, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners voted to uphold Denver Water’s more than 60-year-old policy... Read more
NEW DISTRICT NEWSLETTER IS ON ITS WAY TO A MAILBOX NEAR YOU
The new issue of our quarterly print newsletter, Your Water September 2015, has just been mailed and you should be receiving your copy shortly... Read more
ARE YOU OVERWATERING YOUR LAWN?
In the heat of summer, most of us are worried about our lawns drying out. But it turns out overwatering can be as much of a hazard to your lawn as underwatering. You have probably heard the old adage “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” While this may not be true when it comes to things like, say, healthy foods, it definitely holds true for your lawn. Grass needs balance in all things to look its best. Too much sunshine and the grass becomes dry; too much nitrogen-rich fertilizer and you risk diseases and fungi; too much mowing can cause grass to become stressed. You get the picture, but if the moisture your grass needs to live is out of balance, you will start to see signs of lawn damage.... Read more