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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

8/28/2015
  ARE YOU LOST IN A FOG?

What is FOG? No it isn’t a cloud that has invaded your home, rather FOG or FOGs is an acronym for Fat(s), Oil, and Grease. FOG is composed of animal and vegetable fats and oils that are common in every home. It can come from many sources, including meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter and margarine, dairy products, sauces, food scraps, and even cat litter. FOGs aren’t just bad for your arteries and your waistline; they are bad for sewer pipes as well. They can stick to the walls of the drainage pipes that carry wastewater from your home to the treatment plant if poured down a sink drain or toilet. Eventually, the entire pipe can become blocked and prevent the flow of wastewater. This causes the sanitary sewer to overflow and can cause wastewater to back up inside or outside your home. Sewer backups and overflows can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment. FOG is the number one cause of public and private sewage spills. ... Read more

8/21/2015
  WHAT IS A CURB STOP AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

District maintenance employees are occasionally asked to respond to situations where broken sprinkling system pipes or water service lines are flooding adjacent properties. When no one is home at the site of the break, the District must act to prevent property damage and water loss. ... Read more

8/14/2015
  THE DROUGHT IS OVER RIGHT? NOT SO FAST…

A federal report says Colorado is no longer in drought. Yay! The drought is over! Let’s open the tap and let the water flow! After all, a recent federal report shows that nearly all of Colorado is free from any type of drought designation. We are drought-free for the first time since 2009. It’s time to celebrate, right? Not so fast. If you’ve lived in Colorado for any length of time, you know better. In our semi-arid climate, the next drought is always lurking right around the corner and our long-term water supply is always threatened.... Read more

8/7/2015
  WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FLUSH?

What exactly happens after you flush? It might be something you've never considered, or it might be a question you've never had the guts to ask. Either way, it's one of life's little curiosities: what happens to our waste after we flush the toilet, take a shower, wash clothes or wash dishes? Where does it go? ... Read more

7/31/2015
  SUMMER LAWN CARE: A LITTLE STRESS IS A GOOD THING

Grass is a very manipulative plant. When it gets hot in Colorado, lawns begin to show stress very easily. Brown patches begin to appear, the deep green color of winter and spring fade and grass’ velvety texture can turn straw-like. Basically, the lawn is throwing the plant equivalent of a tantrum – it is trying to guilt you into giving it more water. While giving in and overwatering your grass might soothe your conscience, it can lead to arrhythmia-inducing water bills. Now is the season for tough love. ... Read more