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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
ANNUAL DENVER METRO WATER FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS
The annual Denver Metro Water Festival was held on May 17 and garnered rave reviews from all 1255 sixth grade students and 50 teachers and chaperones from Denver and suburban public schools who participated in a day centered around water in Colorado. More than 55 presenters and 70 volunteers including many Platte Canyon staff members worked to make this year’s festival a success. Festival activities included... Read more
TIPS FOR CONTROLLING YOUR SPRINKLER TIMER
With the proper setting of your sprinkler timer (also known as the irrigation controller) you can literally save thousands of gallons of water each year in landscape irrigation, while helping to prevent plant loss or diseases caused by over watering. Just because your sprinkler timer is “automatic” doesn’t mean you can set it and forget it. You’ll need to change the watering schedules as plants become established, month-by-month, and when it rains. Here are some basic tips for getting the most water-use ef?ciency out of your sprinkler timer.... Read more
2016 WATER QUALITY REPORT (CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT)
Denver Water’s 2016 Water Quality Report in now available to view on Denver Water’s website. In the past, Denver Water directly mailed these reports to Platte Canyon customers. Hard copy reports will only be made available to District customers upon request. The Water Quality 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 more
SUMMER WATERING RULES AND TIPS
Colorado’s snow-packed mountains will fill our reservoirs, but remember that we live in a semiarid climate and must use water wisely. By using only the water you need, you can help minimize impacts to reservoirs during the hottest months of summer when reservoir levels begin to drop. Below you will find watering tips and tools to help you use only what you need. Watering Tips Water during cooler times of day - lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ... Read more
PLATTE CANYON IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE COLORADO FOUNDATION FOR WATER EDUCATION AND YOU CAN BE TOO
The Colorado Foundation for Water Education (CFWE) was created by the Colorado General Assembly in 2002 to promote better understanding of water resources through education and information with the ultimate goal of assisting Colorado citizens to understand that water is a limited resource and aid them in making informed water decisions. As the state’s only non-advocacy and non-profit water education organization, CFWE offers a variety of balanced, informational products and events. CFWE is an inclusive organization, accepting and sharing all the interests and values that relate to water in Colorado. The Foundation relies on its more than 550 members from diverse backgrounds for support, funding, feedback, and participation in water education events and activities.... Read more
HOW MUCH WATER AND SEWER SERVICE PIPE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY WHEN THE PIPES BREAK?
District maintenance and customer service representatives are frequently asked who is responsible to repair breaks on the water and sewer service pipes--the District or the customer?... Read more
GARDENING SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING: BE SURE TO CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
Planning to build a deck or patio, excavate an area for a new garden or plant shrubs this spring? If so, you’re not alone. Roughly half of U.S. homeowners are expected to begin working on some type of outdoor project requiring digging. Before breaking ground, homeowners must call 811 to have underground utility lines marked on their property. Colorado law states that all who wish to dig must first give utilities up to three business days (not including weekends and holidays) to locate facilities which may be impacted by excavation, such as:... Read more
DISTRICT ELECTION CANCELLED
Southwest Metropolitan cancelled its Board of Directors Election scheduled for May 3, 2016 after determining that existing Board members were running unopposed. Colorado Statutes provide for District elections to be cancelled if only one candidate steps forward for each available position on the Board of Directors, including candidates filing affidavits of intent to be a write-in candidate... Read more
CORRECTION TO “WATER RATES TO RISE APRIL 1ST EMPLOYING NEW RATE STRUCTURE” DISTRICT NEWS ARTICLE
In the District news article entitled, “Water Rates To Rise April 1st Employing New Rate Structure” which was posted to this website on February 19, 2016 and included in the most recent edition of the District’s newsletter Your Water, it was reported that under the new rate structure which goes into effect on April 1, 2016, the Tier 1 water rate would be $2.34 per 1,000 gallons of water used and the Tier 2 water rate would be $6.04 per 1,000 gallons of water used. The correct rates should have read $2.80 per 1,000 gallons of water used for Tier 1 usage and $5.04 per 1,000 gallons of water used for Tier 2 usage.... Read more
KID’S CORNER - LEARN ABOUT WATER AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER
Looking for something fun to do with your kids this spring break? Why not visit the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus and explore it’s new exhibit WATER? WATER is a 2,200-square-foot “hands-in” water laboratory focused on teaching families about how people interact with water. That’s right, you can actually play in and with water. This fun exhibit will let you and the kids test theories behind flow, buoyancy, density and displacement, all while having a soaking good time. This new exhibit will let you experience several ways that water plays a very important role in your lives. You can:... Read more
2016 SANITARY SEWER RATES INCREASE TO BEGIN IN JUNE
The Littleton City Council voted recently to increase the 2016 annual sewer treatment charges by 2% from $226.31 to $230.84 for Southwest Metropolitan residential customers. The increase is expected to be reflected in customer’s annual sanitary sewer service bills beginning in June. Sanitary sewer charges cover wastewater treatment processing costs for eight water and sanitation districts plus the City of Littleton. All Southwest Metropolitan wastewater is conveyed by the collection system to the Littleton-Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant at Dartmouth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive for processing before being discharged to the South Platte River... Read more
RECREATION TO BE LIMITED AT WATERTON CANYON
Hikers and bikers that recreate in Waterton Canyon will have limited access to the canyon’s trails over the coming months. According to Denver Water, beginning Feb. 2, the lower portion of Waterton Canyon, including the main entrance and parking lot, will be closed Monday through Saturday until May 15, as crews replace a deteriorating, 146-year-old diversion structure in the South Platte River.... Read more