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  • District News Articles
    10/5/2017
    Root Cutting Activities An Important Preventative Maintenance Task
  • A routine activity Bow Mar operations personnel perform is removing roots from sanitary sewer mains. Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/7/2017
    Imagine a Day Without Water
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  • District News Articles
    8/29/2017
    Our Office Will Be Closed For The Labor Day Weekend
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  • District News Articles
    8/16/2017
    Your Water Can Be Greener
  • WaterSense®, a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, helps homeowners and businesses improve water efficiency... Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/21/2017
    Make Sure That's Really Platte Canyon At Your Door
  • On occasion, Platte Canyon employees may need to access your property or home to investigate and resolve a water or sewer-related problem Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/13/2017
    Enter the #Hike4Water Contest!
  • Our friends at Colorado WaterWise and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education are once again encouraging Coloradans to learn about Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/11/2017
    WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THE FIRE HYDRANTS?
  • Have you ever been driving down your street and noticed Platte Canyon workers pouring water from fire hydrants into the streets? Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/11/2017
    Keep Pipes Clear; Prevent Problems
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  • District News Articles
    6/30/2017
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
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  • District News Articles
    6/9/2017
    Green Plumbing & Water Conservation Tips
  • Water conservation is extremely important. Learn some ways you can do your part with the following conservation and green plumbing tips Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/7/2017
    Denver Metro Water Festival Celebrates Water Education
  • The fourth annual Denver Metro Water Festival was held on May 17, 2017 at Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. The water festival brings Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/16/2017
    You Fix My Service Line Right?
  • The District is frequently asked who is responsible to repair breaks on the sewer service pipes--the District or the customer? Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/4/2017
    2017 WATER QUALITY REPORT (CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT)
  • Denver Water’s 2017 Water Quality Report in now available to view on Denver Water’s website. In the past, Denver Water directly mailed these reports to Bow Mar 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

  • District News Articles
    3/31/2017
    REPORTING AN EMERGENCY - DISTRICT CREWS AVAILABLE 24/7, 365 DAYS PER YEAR FOR EMERGENCIES
  • To report problems with water service, sewer service, or possible water leaks, please contact the Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District (the District’s contracted maintenance operations staff) office at 303-979-2333BEFORE calling a plumber or another contractor. After hours emergency calls are automatically directed to an on-call employee who will promptly return your call. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/17/2017
    LEAKS CAN RUN BUT THEY CAN’T HIDE
  • Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide? In fact, the average household leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry, and could be costing you an extra 10% on your water bills. Each year Bow Mar helps you hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA's ninth annual Fix a Leak Week which will take place March 20 through 26, but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/3/2017
    5 PERFECTLY PAINLESS WATER $AVERS
  • With water bills rising and water levels decreasing due to drought, it makes eco-sense and dollar cents to conserve. Here are five painless ways to get started. Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/24/2017
    SPRING SERVICE OF AIR-VACUUM VALVES BEGINS
  • Another routine function performed by the District’s operations staff is bi-annual maintenance of Air-Vacuum (Air-Vac) valves. An Air-Vacuum valve is a device installed on water mains 12 inches or larger. Its purpose is to allow air to enter a water main when it is being shut off and drained for maintenance and repairs. In turn, when the water main is being re-filled the Air-Vac valve allows air to escape from the pipe. Entrapped air has a force up to nine times greater than the water pressure in the main. These pockets of entrapped air can cause failures to the water main and if the air pocket travels into a customers’ water service connection it can cause property damage. Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/17/2017
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the President’s Day holiday, our office will be closed February 20th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on February 21st at 8:00 a.m. Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/17/2017
    GARDEN-IN-A-BOX: WATERWISE GARDENING MADE EASY
  • The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) is again making waterwise gardening fun and simple with its annual “Garden-In-A-Box” sale for 2017. Garden-In-A-Box are professionally designed, plant by numbers gardens which contain perennial and Xeric (low-water) plants for your landscaping needs. They make basic xeriscaping easy, affordable and convenient. CRC has again partnered with Denver Water to make gardens available to all residents of Bow Mar at a discounted price where they can receive $25 off select gardens Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/10/2017
    WINTER PLUMBING MAINTENANCE TIPS
  • The arrival of the winter season and cold weather invite a multitude of potential plumbing problems into our homes. Frigid morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, flooding, and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by cold winter weather. Fortunately there are things that you can do to prevent or minimize the likelihood of these winter plumbing mishaps. The District offers these plumbing maintenance tips to keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape during the winter months Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/27/2017
    GET YOUR HOUSE IN SHAPE THIS YEAR – CONDUCT A RESIDENTIAL INDOOR WATER SELF-AUDIT
  • Indoor water self-audits are an easy way to detect and repair leaks that you might not know exist or don’t think will affect the amount of water you use during the month which may ultimately result in an increase the amount you own on your monthly water bill. On average 14 percent of indoor water is lost through leaking fixtures and pipes Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/20/2017
    WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT? EMAIL UPDATE SERVICE AVAILABLE
  • Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District offers a free service that will automatically keep you notified when specific areas of our website are updated. These areas include: News Articles, Board Meeting Agendas, Board Meeting Minutes, and District Projects. Here’s how it works: Just go to the Subscription Form located Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/13/2017
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Martin Luther King day holiday, our office will be closed January 16th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on January 17th at 8:00 a.m. Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/11/2017
    DISTRICT 2017 TRANSPARENCY NOTICE NOW AVAILABLE
  • Pursuant to Section 32-1-809, Colorado Revised Statue, a transparency notice must be provided to the electors of the District no later than January 15 of each year. Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/6/2017
    EXTREME COLD HAS ARRIVED. DID YOU WINTERIZE YOUR PIPES?
  • It’s the time of year that the District receives numerous customer complaints about having no water or frozen/broken pipes. this is a yearly occurrence and this January is no different. Winters in Colorado are where the weather can go to daily extremes. Monday temperatures can be the same as those in spring and summer months but on Tuesday temperatures can drop below freezing. This heating/freezing cycle can cause tremendous stress on your water pipes and, many homeowners unprepared for this time of year, face the expense and inconvenience of frozen and/or burst water pipes causing untold damage Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/6/2017
    PLEASE CLEAR THE SNOW AWAY FROM FIRE HYDRANTS
  • Snow has arrived in the District and with its arrival we would like to remind you to “adopt” the hydrant nearest to you and keep it clear of snow. Hydrants buried under mounds of snow are difficult to locate when firefighters need them most and when time is of the essence Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/4/2017
    CUSTOMER WATER RATES INCREASING EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2017
  • Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District will be increasing the water usage rate it charges it's customers from $3.26 to $3.46 effective February 1, 2017. Customers will see this increase in their March 2017 billing statement Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/30/2016
    DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the New Year’s holiday, the District office will be closed January 2nd. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District’s (the District’s contracted maintenance operations staff) 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5 Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/23/2016
    MAKE A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION TO BE WATER EFFICIENT
  • It can be easy to take clean water for granted: most of us don’t have to think twice about turning on the tap to wash our hands, water the plants, or whip up some pasta. In fact, the U.S. has the largest water footprint of any country in the world, at an average of 80 gallons of water per person per day. But it’s not easy to get all that water to where it needs to be, and it takes a huge investment of resources to collect, treat, and transport the water you use every day. So for our 2017 New Year’s resolution, we want you to preserve the earth’s resources by reducing the amount of water you use. Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/16/2016
    DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Christmas holiday, the District office will be closed December 23rd and 26th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District’s (the District’s contracted maintenance operations staff) 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/8/2016
    CELEBRATING THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF COLORADO’S WATER PLAN
  • November marked the one-year anniversary of the CWCB Board voting to approve the final Colorado's Water Plan and deliver it to Governor Hickenlooper and the people of Colorado, a plan that would ensure that the state's most valuable resource is protected and available for generations to come. To get to that moment, it took 30 months of drafting, 3 draft water plans, 8 Basin Implementation Plans, 30,000 public comments, and many years of discussions. As this achievement was celebrated a year ago, Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/25/2016
    KEEP GREASE FROM CLOGGING YOUR HOLIDAYS
  • ‘Tis the season to enjoy excellent holiday food. For homeowners and sewer utilities alike, however, the holiday season can be a troubling time of year. Potential trouble with household wastewater systems stems from pouring fat, oil and/or grease down the drain when cooking those holiday meals. Cooking oil is the number one cause of sewer line backups in homes, food service businesses, and public sewer systems. Once the grease cools and settles, it adheres to drains and sewer pipes like glue. As deposits buildup and harden, they can potentially create a serious blockage and cause a costly backup or sewer spill. For the homeowner, grease poured down the drain can result in a serious clog and an expensive repair bill that can spoil holiday festivities. Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/21/2016
    DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed November 24th and 25th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District’s (the District’s contracted maintenance operations staff) 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/18/2016
    DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS WORLD TOILET DAY? THERE IS, AND IT’S THIS SATURDAY
  • In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. This week, though, is different. World Toilet Day is being celebrated on Saturday, November 18. It may sound silly, but the event is a very serious effort by the United Nations focusing on the fact that one-third of the world’s population have no toilet at home. A third of those people are children. They are vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and other major problems because there is no clean way of going to the bathroom where they live Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/9/2016
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Veteran's Day holiday, our office will be closed November 11th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on November 14th at 8:00 a.m. Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/30/2016
    DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: AS TIME FALLS BACK, SO SHOULD YOUR SPRINKLER TIMER
  • As we enter the cooler season, please remember to adjust your sprinklers to reflect the cooler temperatures. Landscaped areas require far less irrigation during the cooler months. This will help to reduce your water usage and lower your water bill. Remember to change your sprinkler timer; when you change your clocks Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/28/2016
    DON’T GET SPOOKED BY HIGH WATER BILLS THIS HALLOWEEN
  • Does your toilet sound like it’s flushing itself? No, it’s not haunted, you most probably have a flapper problem that causes your toilet to release water all on its own. And that ghostly running toilet can add up to a big waste of water in your home and is one of the leading things that will drive your water bill higher and higher. WaterSense - a partnership program with the Environmental Protection Agency - estimates that household drips and leaking toilets waste up to 1 trillion gallons of water every year nationwide. That’s enough water to fill nearly 12 Dillon Reservoirs - Denver Water’s largest body of water Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/14/2016
    COLD WEATHER IS COMING - IS YOUR HOME READY?
  • You wake up on a cold winter morning and go to turn on the water…and nothing happens. This scenario is a common problem during Colorado’s cold weather months - frozen or broken household pipes. The same natural forces that trigger cold-weather breaks in Bow Mar’s underground water mains can cause pipes to freeze and/or burst in your own plumbing systems. Here are some tips to help you prepare when cold winter weather hits: Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/7/2016
    ROOT CUTTING ACTIVITIES - AN IMPORTANT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TASK
  • A routine activity the District’s operations contractor Platte Canyon personnel performs is removing roots from sanitary sewer mains. While root cutting is scheduled each month, the majority of the root cutting activities take place beginning in October and continues through the end of March each year. Roots intrude through the sewer main as well as through customer service connections. If not removed on a scheduled interval, the growth can inhibit flow and cause a sewer back-up either in District owned sewer mains or in a customer’s service line Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/30/2016
    SUMMER WATERING PROGRAM ENDS OCTOBER 1ST
  • Fall is a few days away and Denver Water’s summer watering program ends on October 1. Even though the watering program deadline is quickly approaching, Bow Mar is still encouraging its customers to follow the restrictions that were set forth for Summer. Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/23/2016
    DISTRICT STAFF IMPLEMENTING ADDITIONAL PROCEDURE FOR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED SEWER MAINS
  • The District plans to add an additional inspection requirement – inclination testing - to its developer check-list for newly-constructed sewer mains. During the construction of a new development, the District requires developers to satisfy several check-list specifications prior to sewer mains being conditionally accepted, entering a one-year warranty period. Developers must provide air testing, deflection testing and video inspection records as part of the acceptance process Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/16/2016
    WHERE DOES OUR DISTRICT’S WATER COME FROM?
  • To each of us the most important thing about water is that when we turn on the faucet we receive water of high quality and reliable delivery. To this end the Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District obtains its water through a contract with the Denver Water Department. Since the 1800s Denver has been purchasing and developing surface flow water rights on both the East and West slopes. The majority of Denver’s water comes from rivers and streams fed by mountain snowmelt. The South Platte River Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/10/2016
    IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER CAMPAIGN (SEPTEMBER 15)
  • Imagine: Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or make coffee. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops. September 15th Bow Mar is raising awareness about the most essential resource we have: Water. Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity for everyone who cares about safe, reliable water to stand up for our most essential resource. The infrastructure that moves and treats water is often invisible and forgotten. Imagine A Day Without Water draws attention to how impossible life would be without water. Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/2/2016
    WATERTON CANYON BEGINS WEEKLY CLOSURES ON SEPTEMBER 6
  • Beginning Sept. 6, 2016, Waterton Canyon will be closed Mondays through Fridays through November while Denver Water crews complete repairs to the High Line Canal diversion structure in the South Platte River. The canyon will be fully open to recreation on Saturdays and Sundays during this time. For hikers and bikers on the Colorado Trail, there will only be access to Waterton Canyon on the weekends. During the week, trail users should seek alternative access points, which can be found at www.coloradotrail.org/waterton Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/2/2016
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Labor Day holiday, our office will be closed September 5th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/30/2016
    METER REPLACEMENT PROJECT CONCLUDES
  • As mentioned on this website previously, Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District has undertaken to replace all District customers’ water meters with new Sensus Iperl water meters which are equipped with automated meter reading (AMR) technology that will provide timely, accurate meter readings that eliminates misreads and increases billing accuracy. This project, which began in July, is now coming to a close and is scheduled to be completed by September 3 Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/26/2016
    APPLIANCE DISCHARGE
  • As part of the Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District’s ongoing Maintenance Program, District crews utilize high pressure water cleaning equipment to clean and scour District owned sanitary sewer mains throughout the year. Occasionally this equipment causes a vacuum effect in the sewer main which, if not vented through properly functioning customer-owned plumbing ventilation pipes, may result in a minor discharge from sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and floor drains in a customer’s residence. Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/19/2016
    DO YOU POUR FOG DOWN YOUR DRAIN?
  • Nearly 90% of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of everyday fats, oils and grease (FOG). These overflows are not just public health issues, but can result in serious damage to our environment, especially pollution of our streams, rivers and lakes. Can a kitchen sink be causing problems? If you pour FOG down your drain or garbage disposal, the fats, oils and grease build up over time and constricts the flow of wastewater Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/12/2016
    COLORADO WATER FACTS
  • Just as Colorado’s topography varies from the towering Rocky Mountains in the west to the flat Eastern Plains, freshwater resources in Colorado fluctuate depending on location and elevation. Despite relatively abundant precipitation in the mountains of Colorado, most of the state is semi-arid and heavily dependent on annual snowmelt and runoff from the mountains to the plains, where a majority of the population resides and most of the state’s water is used Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/8/2016
    WATER METER REPLACEMENT PROJECT UNDERWAY
  • As mentioned in the article entitled, Bow Mar Water And Sanitation District Customers To Receive New Technologically Advanced Water Meters posted on this website in June, Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District announced that it would replace all District customers’ water meters with new Sensus Iperl water meters which are equipped with automated meter reading (AMR) technology that will provide timely, accurate meter readings that eliminates misreads and increases billing accuracy. This project began in mid-July and is now well underway and progressing as scheduled. Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/5/2016
    HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER BILL? IT COULD BE A FLAPPER PROBLEM
  • Does your toilet sound like it’s flushing itself? No, you don’t have a ghost, you most probably have a flapper problem that causes your toilet release water all on its own. And that ghostly running toilet can add up to a big waste of water in your home and is one of the leading things that will drive your water bill higher and higher. Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/29/2016
    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. While it doesn’t take much to stress your grass, it does take a lot to permanently damage it. In the heat of the summer, your grass should not be watered more than every other day. If you have been conservative over the cool season, only watering once or twice a week, you might only need to water three times per week. Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/22/2016
    FAQS ABOUT WATER QUALITY
  • District staff routinely answers water quality questions from concerned or just curious District customers. Below are some of the most common questions the District receives: Is Bow Mar’s tap water safe to drink? Yes, our water more than meets all regulatory mandates and never has violated any standard. Drinking water is regulated through the state health department (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) and the U.S. Environmental Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/15/2016
    SMART SPRINKLER TUNE-UPS IN FOR WARM WEATHER
  • 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

  • District News Articles
    7/8/2016
    WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THE FIRE HYDRANTS?
  • Have you ever been driving down your street and noticed Platte Canyon workers pouring water from fire hydrants into the streets? While it may appear that water is being wasted, the annual process of flushing all fire hydrants is an important and necessary preventative activity that maintains and preserves the integrity of the entire water system and helps deliver the highest quality water to our customers. Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/1/2016
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Independence Day holiday, our office will be closed July 4th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on July 5th at 8:00 a.m. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/24/2016
    HELP US HELP YOU! HELP STOP VANDALISM OF BOW MAR SEWER MANHOLES
  • If you see anyone other than District personnel lifting Bow Mar manhole covers and/or placing objects down sanitary sewer manholes, please call our District 24-Hour office number at 303-979-2333 immediately. Rocks or anything else dumped down a sewer manhole can result in personal injury, sewage backups and spills into homes, yards, roads and waterways, potentially contaminating vital water sources and causing damage to the entire wastewater collection and treatment system and resulting in expensive clean-up and repairs for both the District and our customers. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/10/2016
    AUTOMATED METER READING INSTALLATION PROJECT SET TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER
  • Later this summer, Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District will replace all District customers’ water meters with new Sensus Iperl water meters which are equipped with automated meter reading (AMR) technology. These new water meters will provide timely, accurate meter readings that eliminates misreads and increases billing accuracy. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/3/2016
    TOO CUTE TO POLLUTE? THE SCOOP ON PETS, POLLUTION, AND WATER QUALITY
  • Looks, size, and diet don’t matter – pets can pollute if you don’t pick up after them. That’s because pet waste left on the ground eventually contaminates the watershed. Waste components like fecal bacteria and nutrients are washed into storm drains, streams, and other receiving waters by irrigation, rain, melting snow, and flooding. They can also simply leach through the soil and into the groundwater. Even waste from smaller pets can have an impact on the local water environment. Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/27/2016
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, our office will be closed May 30th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on May 31st at 8:00 a.m Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/27/2016
    HOMEOWNER RAIN BARREL BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
  • It is now legal in Colorado - with a few limitations – for homeowners to collect precipitation into rain barrels. House Bill 1005 was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on May 12, permitting “small-capacity rooftop collection.” Under it, people will be able to collect up to 110 gallons of rainfall, in no more than two barrels, from the rooftop of a single-family dwelling, or from multi-family homes of no more than four units is to take effect on August 10, 2016. Legislation with similar goals was proposed in the past, but fell to concerns that collecting rainwater negatively affects water rights. Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/20/2016
    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 staff members worked to make this year’s festival a success. Festival activities included presentations Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/13/2016
    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

  • District News Articles
    5/2/2016
    2015 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 Bow Mar 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

  • District News Articles
    4/29/2016
    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

  • District News Articles
    4/22/2016
    AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COLORADO FOUNDATION FOR WATER EDUCATION
  • 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. Read more

  • District News Articles
    4/15/2016
    YOU, TOO, CAN BE A SUPERHERO
  • With all the superhero movies that are popular in Hollywood today, here’s a chance for you and your family to become a superheroes. On April 21 the world will observe the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day is a great excuse to look for ways to conserve the planet's natural resources its most precious resource is water. With droughts becoming an annual problem in many parts of the West, it's more important than ever to cut back on water waste. We all celebrate Earth Day differently and Bow Mar has some advice for all water users: Do one more thing to cut your water use! Below is a list of “one more things” you can do to be an Earth Day superhero on April 21 and everyday of the year. Read more

  • District News Articles
    4/8/2016
    I HAVE A LEAK/BREAK ON MY SERVICE LINE, WILL THE DISTRICT FIX IT?
  • District staff are frequently asked who is responsible to repair leaks and/or breaks on the water and sewer service pipes as well as obstructions in the sewer line--the District or the customer? These are the pipes that extend between the District’s water and sewer mains, usually located in the street, and the customer’s residence or business. Under District regulations, which are consistent with most other Colorado water and sewer service providers, the customer owns and maintains the entire water and sewer pipe up to, and including, the connection to the District’s main, regardless of whether the pipe is located in the street or on the customer’s property Read more

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    4/1/2016
    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 News Articles
    3/11/2016
    READY TO BE A LEAK DETECTIVE?
  • Drip…drip…drip…drip… How long have you been ignoring a dripping showerhead? How about a leaky spigot on the side of the house, or a running toilet? You might as well be pouring money down the drain, as fixing these types of easily-corrected household water leaks can save customers more than 10% on their water bills - and a precious natural resource according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Indeed, the EPA estimates that household leaks waste more than one trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. Ready to chase down leaks? Hunt down drips during the EPA-sponsored Fix-a- Leak Week March 14–20 or simply check out the tips below to fix leaks and save valuable water and money any time of year Read more

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    3/4/2016
    KID’S CORNER - LEARN ABOUT WATER AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER
  • Is Platte Canyon’s tap water safe to drink? Yes, our water more than meets all regulatory mandates and never has violated any standard. Drinking water is regulated through the state health department (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Where does our water come from? The District distributes water obtained from Denver Water. The sources of this water are primarily runoff from snowmelt high in the Rocky Mountains. The portion of the South Platte River that runs through the metro area is not a source for Denver Water. Read more

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    2/5/2016
    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WATER QUALITY
  • Is Bow Mar's tap water safe to drink? Yes, our water more than meets all regulatory mandates and never has violated any standard. Drinking water is regulated through the state health department (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Where does our water come from? The District distributes water obtained from Denver Water. The sources of this water are primarily runoff from snowmelt high in the Rocky Mountains. The portion of the South Platte River that runs through the metro area is not a source for Denver Water. Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/29/2016
    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

  • District News Articles
    1/29/2016
    HOME MAKEOVER? REBATES CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
  • Denver Water is once again offering residential rebates for Bow Mar customers. These rebates help offset the cost of replacing inefficient fixtures with new, water-efficient fixtures. District customers can receive rebates for buying and installing qualifying High-Efficiency Toilets, Rotary Nozzles, and Weather Based Smart Controllers. The rebates will be available for purchases made between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Read more

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    1/22/2016
    EXPERIENCING A SEWER BACKUP (BLOCKAGE)?
  • Sewer backups can originate within the customer’s sewer service pipe or within Bow Mar’s sewer main for a number of reasons. The most common cause of backups is tree roots growing into the customer’s service pipe. Occasionally, however, roots can also infiltrate the District’s sewer mains through individual service pipes or through pipe joints. Another common cause of backups is grease buildup that can occur in either customer or District owned pipes Read more

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    1/15/2016
    DISTRICT WELCOMES NEW PLATTE CANYON EMPLOYEE
  • Bow Mar would like to welcome Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District’s newest employee, Ashley Dalton. Dalton was hired to fill the assistant district manager position. Dalton is a Colorado native and has roots in the local community where he graduated from Chatfield High School. Following high school, he obtained a degree in Water Utility Administration from Metropolitan State (now Metropolitan State University of Denver). Most recently he served as the water plant supervisor for the City of Golden Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/1/2016
    BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2016
  • The Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District Board of Directors has established the following schedule for Board meetings in 2016 Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/4/2015
    DISTRICT OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
  • The District office is scheduled to be closed the following dates: Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/27/2015
    EASY TIPS TO SAVE WATER DURING THE HOLIDAYS
  • Bow Mar is offering easy tips to prepare for your holiday meals and parties without running up your water bill. Water impacts everything from food preparation to the clean-up process during the holiday. For example, a typical holiday turkey dinner for eight needs more than 42,000 gallons of water in food growth and preparation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That's enough water to fill a 30 foot-by-50 foot swimming pool. Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/18/2015
    LEAVING TOWN FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS? MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS READY FOR YOUR VACATION
  • Before you head off to Grandma’s house for the holidays, we recommend the following tips to help prevent unexpected damage from freezing while you’re away. Turn off and drain automatic and manual sprinkler systems: It is surprising how many frantic calls the District receives from customers reporting that their vacationing neighbor’s sprinkler system has ruptured from the freezing and thawing cycle that is common in Colorado during the fall and winter months. Ruptured sprinkler lines can cause damaging flooding into the home’s foundation, neighboring properties and even have been known to create an ice rink on driveways, sidewalks and streets resulting in walking and driving hazards for passersby. To prevent costly property damage and possible law suits, ensure that your sprinkler system is prepared for your time away from home. Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/6/2015
    FLUSHABLE WIPES ARE NOT
  • Just as disposable diapers are now considered a necessity for babies, disposable wipes (also known as “wet” wipes, baby wipes, or even adult wipes) have become a staple in every household. Besides being marketed to new parents, special-use wipes are being marketed to women to help them feel "fresh" or to everyone in general “to feel confidently clean” -- thanks a lot, Madison Avenue. We're hooked on the convenience of these pre-moistened squares that are boldly labeled “flushable”. But here's the problem: A lot of them end up down the toilet, and none are flushable no matter what the packaging states. Well, they flush just fine -- but the cloth-like products don't disintegrate the way toilet paper does. That's where it starts to cost local utilities and you money. Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/23/2015
    FALL LAWN CARE WILL PAY DIVIDENDS IN THE SPRING!
  • Many homeowners stop watering in early fall however historic rain fall data shows that about ½ an inch per week of irrigation can still be needed in the fall to maintain healthy turf for the start of winter. If the lawn is stressed going into winter this can cause problems in the spring. The fall is a good time to get the grass into good shape after a hot summer. Fall watering is also essential for late season fertilization to work most efficiently. Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/16/2015
    WATER SOFTENERS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • A water softener is a mechanical unit designed to remove hardness from water. Softened water allows soap to form suds easily. It does not build up scale in boilers or hot water heaters and does not leave large mineral deposits on plumbing fixtures, glass shower/tub doors, swamp coolers and cooking utensils. Potential Problems: A water softener requires maintenance to ensure the unit is performing properly. We recommend the unit be serviced regularly. Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/14/2015
    NOTICE OF ELECTION TO CREATE A FINANCIAL OBLIGATION
  • At the election to be held on November 3, 2015, the Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District is submitting one ballot issue concerning the creation of a debt or financial obligation. Pursuant to §1-7-908(1) C.R.S., the following financial information is provided: Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/9/2015
    TROUBLE WITH YOUR SEWER SERVICE?
  • Don’t get caught paying for major repair of your sewer service line when it may not be necessary. When you have a sewer backup in your home, the first thing you think about is how do I make sure this doesn’t happen again. Many sewer service companies are telling customers that the only way to avoid this is to have the sewer service line completely replaced. This is a very expensive solution that can end up costing many thousands of dollars. Many times a total replacement of the service line is not necessary. Here are some recommended steps to take if you experience sewer service trouble and before considering having the service line replaced: Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/2/2015
    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

  • District News Articles
    9/25/2015
    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

  • District News Articles
    9/18/2015
    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

  • District News Articles
    9/11/2015
    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

  • District News Articles
    8/21/2015
    ADJUST YOUR SPRINKLERS TO AVOID WATER WASTE
  • Did you know that your sprinkler system can use more than half the water at your home during the hot months of the year? This makes it vitally important that your system is in good working order and not leaking, clogged, spraying water into the street or exhibiting any number of problems that can waste water and lead to higher water bills. These problems can be easily overlooked because the best time to water your yard is at night or in the morning, meaning you could be sending water and money literally down the drain when you sleep. But there are easy solutions if you’re willing to spend a little time checking and fixing your system Read more

  • District News Articles
    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

  • District News Articles
    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? It is true that most of us want to know little more about our sewer system than that if functions properly when we drain the sink or flush the toilet. It is, however, an important part of our everyday lives and can be personally traumatic and environmentally damaging when it does not work properly. Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/24/2015
    KNOW WHAT TO DO IF A LEAK OCCURS
  • The District occasionally receives calls from distressed homeowners that are experiencing a water leak and do not know how to shut off their water. While the District will dispatch maintenance employees to assist homeowners in these situations, a lot of damage can be done before the District representative or a plumber responds. The main water supply valve inside the residence should be accessible and the family members should know where it is and how to operate it in case of emergencies. Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/17/2015
    DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WATER AND SEWER BILLS?
  • Bow Mar has a Master Meter Water Supply Contract with Denver Water. The contract calls for Bow Mar to read customer’s water meters and bill each customer directly for the amount of water consumed Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/10/2015
    THERE’S NO WATER COMING OUT OF MY FAUCET, WHAT’S GOING ON?
  • Your water service may be interrupted due to one of a variety of reasons which can include; routine maintenance to our water distribution system and scheduled water main improvements. Service may also be interrupted due to an unforeseen emergency such as a water break and to causes that are not in the District’s control such as the customer has failed to pay their water bill. Listed below are the most common situations where water service interruptions can occur and helpful tips to follow in such cases: Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/25/2015
    SEVERAL BRANDS OF BOTTLED WATER RECALLED OVER E. COLI FEARS
  • Before you take a sip of your next bottled water, take a good look at the label. Niagara Bottling company, based in Pennsylvania, issued a voluntary recall of several of its bottled water brands due to possible E. coli contamination, according to the company’s official statement. The contamination is linked to one of the springs Niagara Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/12/2015
    BEWARE OF SEWER REPAIR SCAMS
  • The District has once again received calls from concerned homeowners who have been told their sewer service pipes are deteriorating and are in imminent damage of failure. The situation normally starts with a video (TV) inspection of the homeowner’s sewer pipe by a disreputable contractor. The contractor will locate a minor flaw in the pipe and attempt to convince the homeowner that the condition must be repaired immediately. A recording of the inspection is not provided unless an additional amount is paid. This prevents the homeowner from seeking a second opinion of the extent of the reported damage. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/5/2015
    DISTRICT DELUGED WITH WATER IN BASEMENT CALLS
  • The District has been flooded with calls from District residents reporting water seeping into their basement. They have also stated that this has never happened in all the years they’ve resided at their home. The District has received a lot of moisture these past several weeks due to the almost daily rain storms that the area has been experiencing. Because of all this moisture, the ground water table is above normal levels and causes water to penetrate areas that historically have never been affected. If you have a sump pump, make sure it is functioning properly. It is wise to check on your sump pump daily during these wet times to ensure Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/29/2015
    KEEP HYDRANTS CLEAR FOR SAFETY
  • If you can’t see the fire hydrant from the street then usually a fire fighter can’t either! Although the fire department has very detailed information on the location of each fire hydrant in the District, in the dark of night or if there is heavy smoke, it is difficult to locate a fire hydrant that is covered by bushes, trees, landscaping, or other obstructions such as decorative walls and could cost precious time in the attempt to save lives and property. Every second counts! Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/15/2015
    KNOW YOUR WATER DEVICE SERIES: HOT WATER HEATER
  • Most water heaters sold in the United States are tank-type, using either gas or electric heating elements. They are available in various capacities, with most residential water heaters being made in 30, 40 or 50 gallon capacities. Proper maintenance of your water heater will not only extend the life of the appliance, but provide an efficient and problem-free supply of hot water. Here are some maintenance tips for your water heater: Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/8/2015
    LEAVE WATER BOTTLES BEHIND - TURN TO YOUR TAP
  • Remember the drinking fountain, that once ubiquitous, and free, source of water? It seems quaint now. Instead, bottled water is everywhere, in offices, gyms, airplanes, stores, homes and restaurants across the country. We consumed almost 12 billion gallons of the stuff in 2014 and that amount is expected to increase by 4.3% this year. It's refreshing, calorie-free, convenient to carry around, tastier than some tap water and a lot healthier than sugary sodas. But more and more, people are questioning whether the water is safe, or at least safer than tap water--and if the convenience is worth the excessive price. Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/1/2015
    FAQ SERIES: WHAT IS THAT IN MY WATER? COLOR AND SEDIMENT
  • When the water from your faucet is brown it may be the result of a disturbance in the water main. Even though your water is filtered, over time a very fine layer of iron and sediment can develop on the bottom of the water mains that can be stirred up during routine maintenance or capital construction rehabilitation. While the water is still safe to drink, it isn’t very pleasant to look at. Hydraulic disturbances caused by hydrant use, valve turning, main breaks or adjacent construction can stir up these sediments and cause the water to be brown. Usually the water will clear on its own within a few hours. If your water is brown: Read more

  • District News Articles
    4/30/2015
    GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER PROCLAIMS MAY 3RD THROUGH MAY 9TH SAFE DRINKING WATER WEEK IN COLORADO
  • For more than 35 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. In recognition that water is an essential, yet limited natural resource which may be contaminated naturally and by human activity and in recognition of the professionals who provide safe drinking water in spite of fires, floods, and other every-changing forces to the citizens of Colorado, Gov. Hickenlooper has proclaimed the week of May 3rd through May 9th Safe Drinking Water Week in Colorado. Read more

  • District News Articles
    4/24/2015
    WARM WEATHER IS COMING: DID YOUR SPINKLER SYSTEM SURVIVE THE WINTER?
  • Picture this... The long, cold, barren days of winter have finally melted away. Yes, it's springtime! You now realize that it's time to fire up your lawn irrigation system. You open wide the supply valve; turn on the timer, and then stand back in horror watching as a geyser erupts in the middle of your yard! What happened? Well, in your spring-induced excitement, you neglected to properly start up your irrigation system after its long winter nap. Fortunately, this scenario is easy to avoid. Just a few simple steps before you turn on your irrigation system will protect it from immediate and unforeseen damage, as well as make it more reliable year after year. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/13/2015
    BEAT THE LEAK: CHECK. TWIST. REPLACE - FIX A LEAK WEEK (MARCH 16-22)
  • Drip…drip…drip…drip… How long have you been ignoring that pitter patter coming from the shower? How about the leaky spigot on the side of the house, or that running toilet? You might as well be pouring money down the drain! Fixing easily corrected household water leaks like these can save customers more than 10 percent on their water bills--and a precious natural resource. Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/20/2015
    KNOW YOUR WATER DEVICE SERIES: HOW DO READ YOUR WATER METER
  • One way to keep track of how much water you use is to read your own water meter every now and then. Proper water usage and conservation is an effective method for all citizens to help manage our available water resources. Understanding your water usage and finding and repairing leaks on a timely basis will contribute to the overall management of our resources and save you money. Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/13/2015
    THIS YEAR MAKE WATER YOUR VALENTINE: COLORADO WATER - LIVE LIKE YOUR LOVE IT
  • This Valentine’s Day when you’re thinking about the things you love in your life why not add water to the list. Water is one of the things that you literally cannot live without and in Colorado it is becoming as precious as gold. Extensive research conducted by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and other water interests in the state has shown that Coloradans, particularly younger and minority audiences and newcomers to the state, lack vital information Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/6/2015
    FAQ SERIES: WHY DOES MY WATER TASTE OR SMELL STRANGE?
  • Taste And / Or Odor It is very difficult to separate taste from odor because these two human senses are so closely related. Most occurrences of a peculiar taste or odor that you may experience can be grouped into one of the following two categories: Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/30/2015
    CLOGGED SEWER LINES? CHECK FOR TREE ROOTS
  • Mature trees add beauty and shade to landscapes, but their roots can cause extensive damage to sewer pipes. Roots grow into the pipes because they like it there! Sewer pipes contain water, nutrients and oxygen-the essential elements for trees to grow. Aside from sewer blockages and backups caused by FOGs, tree roots growing inside sewer pipes are one of the most expensive sewer maintenance items experienced by our customers. Roots from trees growing on private property throughout the service area are responsible for many of the sanitary sewer service backups and damaged sewer pipes experienced in our District. Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/9/2015
    BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR BILL STUFFER COMING YOUR WAY
  • Bow Mar customers should be on the lookout for the Bill Stuffer below to be included in this month's water and sewer bills Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District (Bow Mar) purchases water under a master meter contract from the Denver Water Board. Denver Water is increasing the rate it charges Bow Mar effective January 1, 2015. Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/22/2014
    COLORADO’S WATER PLAN AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD
  • Colorado’s Water Plan An Important Step Forward By James Eklund No single issue will have a more direct impact on Colorado’s future than our ability to successfully and collaboratively manage our life-giving water. Water pumps the beating heart of Colorado’s sublime appeal. It provides for thriving agriculture, the green hue of our forests, farmfields and, yes, even lawns, Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/22/2014
    WATER USAGE RATES TO RISE IN 2015
  • The District has been notified by the Denver Water Board of an increase in the costs of the water and services we purchase from them. This increase requires the district to raise the water usage rates for 2015. The newly adopted rates go into effect with the January 31, 2015 billings Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/5/2014
    HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILETS (HETS) SAVE WATER
  • Since the origin of the toilet in the late 1800s, engineers have endeavored to design commodes to use significantly less water per flush. They’ve been successful. Early models used 7 gallons of water per flush. Later, water volume decreased to 5 gallons per flush, and then in the 1980s, the standard became 3.5 gallons per flush. Finally, in 1995 the National Energy Policy Act (H.R. 776) went into effect and mandated 1.6 gallon flush toilets for the entire United States, compelling engineers to design toilets that could force waste to the sewer line with little water as a propellant. Anecdotal reports related poor functionality with early models of low consumption toilets, including the need for multiple flushes to clear the bowl, flapper leaks, and frequent clogging. Clearly, multiple flushes and leaks defeat the purpose of the mandate; and there are costs to consider – those for calling a plumber to unclog the toilet and that of increased water usage, highlighted in each month’s utility bill (Did you know that toilet flushing accounts for 26% of water usage in U.S. homes?) Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/21/2014
    TIME TO REPLACE YOUR WASHING MACHINE HOSES?
  • One of the most common causes of flood damage in the home is from ruptured washing machine hoses. If you haven’t checked the water supply hoses on your washer in the last 5 years, you should consider replacing them. A small investment of $20 to $30 will prevent costly damage to your home, as well as save you the cost of the water that can be lost through a failure of these hoses. Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/7/2014
    KIDS CORNER: THE WATER CYCLE
  • Run and get a glass of water and put it on the table next to you. Take a good long look at the water. Now -- can you guess how old it is? The water in your glass may have fallen from the sky as rain just last week, but the water itself has been around pretty much as long as the earth has! When the first fish crawled out of the ocean onto the land, your glass of water was part of that ocean. When the Brachiosaurus walked through lakes feeding on plants or drinking at water ponds, your glass of water was part of those lakes and ponds. Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/17/2014
    DEEP ROOT WATER TREES TO PREPARE FOR WINTER
  • Most of us don’t think about the fact that trees need water during the winter. They drop their leaves and go into an apparent dormant state, so we tend to forget about them. What we don’t realize is that beneath the ground there is still plenty of activity going on. The roots continue to grow throughout the winter and need adequate water to survive. There are few outward signs of drought stress on deciduous trees during the winter Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/17/2014
    COLD WEATHER IS ON THE WAY, TIME TO WATCH THE FORECAST
  • You wake up on a cold morning and go to turn on the water…and nothing happens. This scenario is a common problem during Colorado’s cold fall and winter months - frozen or broken household pipes. The same natural forces that trigger cold-weather breaks in Bow Mar's underground water mains can cause pipes to freeze and/or burst in your own plumbing systems. Here are some tips to help you prepare when cold winter weather hits Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/10/2014
    EBOLA NOT A WATERBORNE ILLNESS
  • Water utilities have begun receiving inquiries regarding Ebola. Below are a few facts and resources to reinforce that Ebola cannot spread through the water supply. The Ebola virus causes an acute illness that is often fatal with a death rate of up to 90%. Ebola virus disease first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a remote area of Sudan and the other in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from which the disease takes its name. The current outbreak in West Africa (the first cases reported in March 2014) is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered. The current outbreak has spread through both urban and rural areas. Ebola is not a foodborne, waterborne, or airborne illness. Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/3/2014
    FALL LAWN CARE WILL PAY DIVIDENDS IN THE SPRING!
  • Many homeowners stop watering in early fall however historic rain fall data shows that about ½ an inch per week of irrigation can still be needed in the fall to maintain healthy turf for the start of winter. If the lawn is stressed going into winter this can cause problems in the spring. The fall is a good time to get the grass into good shape after a hot summer. Fall watering is also essential for late season fertilization to work most efficiently. Read more

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    9/26/2014
    NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL TAKE-BACK DAY (SEPTEMBER 27, 2014)
  • DEA has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Read more

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    9/4/2014
    2013 ANNUAL AUDIT POSTED
  • The District has posted its annual financial report as of and for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013 prepared by Schilling & Company. To view the audit Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/22/2014
    WATER SAVER TIP: THE PROS AND CONS OF GARBAGE DISPOSALS
  • Garbage disposals are popular in homes because they are convenient; in many cases, plates can be cleaned off directly into the sink instead of the trash can. Many modern homes are built with a garbage disposal attached to the kitchen sink drain. They can be very advantageous when used properly, but improper use can lead to expensive repairs. In addition, they can use a lot of water, which costs you money. Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/15/2014
    RECYCLE YOUR JEANS AND SAVE WATER
  • Blue jeans were invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873. Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys, became popular among teenagers. We all love them. We all have them. In fact, most of us have a lot of them. According to a Cotton Inc. survey, the average American owns 8.3 pairs of jeans, with American teens averaging 11 pairs. But when you factor in that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one pair of jeans, some consideration should go into what we do with them when we no longer wear them Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/14/2014
    DISTRICT EXPERIENCES LARGE WATER MAIN BREAK
  • On the evening of June 26, 2014, Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District operations personnel (Bow Mar Water and Sanitation District’s contracted maintenance provider) responded to several calls reporting a significant water main failure at S. Sheridan Blvd. and W. Tufts Ave. Operations personnel arrived within twenty minutes of the first call and immediately isolated the damaged section of the water main, halting the flow of water fifteen minutes later. Crews exposed the 60-year old Read more

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    7/25/2014
    INAUGURAL YOUTH WATER FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS!
  • The first annual Denver Metro Water Festival garnered rave reviews from all participants. The festival served 825 sixth grade students and 25 teachers from both Denver public schools and seven suburban schools. Over 50 presenters and 80 volunteers worked to make this year’s festival a success. The festival was a half day event held at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. The day began with students arriving on campus Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/4/2014
    JULY IS COLORADO’S SMART IRRIGATION MONTH
  • Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed July as Smart Irrigation Month for the state of Colorado. Smart Irrigation Month, an Irrigation Association initiative, takes place throughout July, traditionally the month of peak demand in North America, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency, water-saving products, practices and services. The Irrigation Association's Smart Irrigation Month campaign is designed to: Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/27/2014
    DISTRICT WELCOMES NEW PLATTE CANYON EMPLOYEE
  • The District would like to welcome it’s newest employee, Tony Cocozzella. Tony came to Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District as the District’s Project and Construction Coordinator. Tony is a native Coloradoan from Wheat Ridge where he still resides today. Tony is a graduate of Jefferson High School. He was a student of Ashford University in Iowa specializing in organization management. Tony was employed at Denver Water for 39 years as project manager and plan review and inspection coordinator before his retirement this year. Tony’s duties include review of water and sewer construction plans for new development, supervision of engineering plans for District capital construction projects, and construction management and inspection. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/20/2014
    RETROFIT YOUR YARD, TRY XERISCAPING
  • Xeriscaping refers to the conservation of water through creative landscaping. Xeriscape, or water-wise landscaping, uses low-water-use plants to create a landscape that’s sustainable in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. Denver Water coined the word in 1981 to help make low-water-use landscaping an easily recognized concept. Xeriscape is a combination of the word "landscape" and the Greek word "xeros," which means dry. If designed properly, Xeriscape can be lush, colorful and easy to care for. Recent drought conditions and a renewed commitment to water conservation have prompted many metro-area homeowners and businesses to look for ways to reduce the amount of water they use on their yards Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/13/2014
    RETHINK WHAT YOU DRINK - BOTTLE YOUR OWN WATER
  • Remember the drinking fountain, that once ubiquitous, and free, source of water? It seems quaint now. Instead, bottled water is everywhere, in offices, gyms, airplanes, stores, homes and restaurants across the country. We consumed over nine billion gallons of the stuff in 2013, a 14 percent increase from 2006. It's refreshing, calorie-free, convenient to carry around, tastier than some tap water and a lot healthier than sugary sodas. But more and more, people are questioning whether the water is safe, or at least safer than tap water--and if the convenience is worth the excessive price. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/6/2014
    SAVE WATER AND MONEY DON'T WASH YOUR CAR AT HOME
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  • District News Articles
    5/23/2014
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, our office will be closed May 26th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on May 27th at 8:00 a.m Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/23/2014
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, our office will be closed May 26th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on May 27th at 8:00 a.m Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/16/2014
    IMPROVING IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY
  • For many, a lush green lawn is a symbol of proud homeownership as well as a pleasant place on which to relax or play. Lawns, however, require a lot of water--water which, depending where you live, may be in short supply. As we become more aware of our impact on the environment -- and our need for it -- we search for ways to use energy more efficiently and conserve water. Using water efficiently not only saves money, but also helps the environment. Most of us over-water our lawns, so the most important thing that we can do is learn how much water our lawn needs and the best times and methods to deliver the water. Below are tips to help you to determine if your lawn is need of watering and tips to improve your irrigation efficiency Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/7/2014
    DROUGHT OR NO DROUGHT, SMART WATER USE IS ESSENTIAL
  • Denver Water’s summer watering rules began May 1 After responding to multiple years of drought conditions, Denver Water stresses the importance of using water efficiently, regardless of the weather. “We just came out of a severe drought, and our customers did a great job of answering our call to save even more water than usual last year,” said Greg Fisher, Denver Water’s manager of demand planning. “But, water conservation isn’t a drought response; it must be a permanent way of life for all of us.” To help eliminate outdoor water waste, Denver Water implements annual summer water use rules, which began May 1, 2014. The watering rules, which help facilitate smart irrigation, include: Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/2/2014
    NATIONAL DRINKING WATER WEEK, MAY 4-10
  • 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 more

  • District News Articles
    4/25/2014
    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 more

  • District News Articles
    4/4/2014
    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. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/21/2014
    WORLD WATER DAY 2014: WATER AND ENERGY
  • World Water Day, also known as World Day for Water or International Water Day, is a special day determined by the United Nations of General Assembly to focus the attention of the world on the importance of freshwater resources in our lives and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This commemoration is observed annually on 22 March since the year 1993. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2014 World Water Day is dedicated to the theme of Water and Energy which are the basic components of life, economic growth and human progress. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/7/2014
    MARSTON RESERVOIR CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL BEGIN THIS SUMMER
  • This summer Denver Water will begin work on a new multi-level outlet works at Marston Reservoir. Denver Water has requested that the below notice be posted on the District’s website: Construction Information from Denver Water Denver Water will be working at Marston Forebay, which is the reservoir that feeds into the treatment plant, from summer 2014 through fall 2015 to remove aging pipes and construct a new multilevel outlet works. Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/21/2014
    DISTRICT IMPLEMENTS ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
  • The District has implemented an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) which converts the District’s existing paper filing system to a completely digital format. One of the primary reasons for moving to an electronic alternative is to improve the filing of emails and electronic correspondence without printing and manually filing these documents. In addition, files can be converted from paper records to digital for permanent storage, which greatly increases the efficiency of this task. Implementing the EDMS includes the following benefits for the District: Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/14/2014
    OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY
  • In observance of the President’s Day holiday, our office will be closed February 17th. If you experience an emergency or would like to report an emergency situation during this period, please call our 24-hour emergency notification number at 303-979-2333 and press 5. We will reopen for normal business on February 18th at 8:00 a.m. Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/13/2014
    EVEN IN WINTER YOU CAN SAVE WATER
  • Many people think that water conservation is only important in the summer, which could not be further from the truth. There are many ways in which people can conserve water throughout the year. The amount of water used on a regular basis decreases only slightly during winter months, which means water conservation should be adhered to as part of daily lives throughout the entire year. Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/3/2014
    MAKE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: PUT YOUR SEWER PIPES ON A FAT-FREE DIET
  • Fats, Oils, and Greases aren’t just bad for your arteries and your waistline; they are bad for your sewer pipes as well. Sewer backups and overflows can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment. An increasingly common cause of sewer overflows is pipes blocked with grease. Grease and other non-soluble substances get into the sewer from household drains as well as poorly maintained grease traps in restaurants and other businesses. Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/20/2013
    FRYING A TURKEY FOR THE HOLIDAYS? AVOID CALLING THE PLUMBER!
  • t may seem like an easy solution to a messy problem, but pouring fryer oil down the drain will just lead to a nastier problem. Oil and grease rinsed into the plumbing system can congeal and block pipes, causing sewer back-ups. Proper disposal of your cooking oil and other greases may save your home from a clogged-drain and a holiday visit from the plumber. Clogs can also occur outside your home in the public sewage system, resulting in raw sewage overflowing from a manhole in the street or from a cleanout on your property. Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/13/2013
    WATER QUALITY PROTECTION
  • Preserving the quality of water delivered to homes and businesses in Bow Mar is a huge effort that involves a large number of entities carrying out numerous, diverse responsibilities. Protection of water quality begins at the source. The federal and state governments establish and enforce regulations and standards to protect source waters that are ultimately delivered to District customers. Numerous industrial and municipal water users are required to meet these standards as they treat water which is discharged into rivers and lakes that ultimately become source waters for other users. The Federal Clean Water Act and federal and state pollution discharge elimination system permitting programs are examples of source water protection laws and regulations Read more

  • District News Articles
    12/6/2013
    COLORADO FOUNDATION FOR WATER EDUCATION
  • Created in 2002, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education (CFWE) is Colorado's only statewide non-profit, non-advocacy organization providing water resource information and education. The Foundation's mission is to help all Coloradans speak fluent water by providing balanced and accurate information and education. Its website contains a number of articles, links, and educational materials for teachers and students related to Colorado water resources Read more

  • District News Articles
    11/4/2013
    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SANITARY SEWER AND STORM SEWER?
  • You’ve seen one drain, you’ve seen them all. They are all the same, right? I can pour this cleaner down the drain because it goes to a wastewater treatment plant, right? Not so! It's important to understand the difference between sanitary sewers and storm sewers so we can prevent environmental damage. The sanitary sewer is a system of underground pipes that carries sewage from bathrooms, sinks, kitchens, and other plumbing components to a wastewater treatment plant where it is filtered, treated and discharged. The storm sewer is a system designed to carry rainfall Read more

  • District News Articles
    10/18/2013
    BOW MAR WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE
  • In an effort to provide more detailed and timely information to District customers, Bow Mar has launched a web site at www.bowmarwater.org. Because Bow Mar customers are billed bi-monthly and the only communication the District has with its customers is through bill stuffers, the District does not have an opportunity to transmit information to customers as quickly as we would like. Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/27/2013
    DENVER WATER WASHING MACHINE REBATES ENDING
  • Denver Water rebates help you replace inefficient fixtures with new, water-efficient fixtures. Residential customers can receive rebates for buying and installing qualifying high-efficiency toilets, washing machines and other water-efficient fixtures. Time is running out to earn a rebate Read more

  • District News Articles
    9/13/2013
    KEEP WET WIPES OUT OF THE PIPES
  • Whatever British sewer workers are paid, it's not enough. Last month some of them had to deal with a 15-ton "fatberg," a clog made up largely of congealed cooking fat and baby wipes, in a London sewer main. That's the size of a bus. A double-decker bus. Eeewww. Just as disposable diapers are now considered a necessity, wet wipes have become essentials in the average parent's arsenal. But the popularity of these one-time-use items isn't limited to infant backsides. Read more

  • District News Articles
    8/2/2013
    DID YOU KNOW...FUN FACTS ABOUT WATER
  • Water is all around us. It is colorless and tasteless. The air we breathe contains water. Water has many purposes throughout the world, aside from human consumption and purposes related to that. With 80 percent of the earth's surface covered with water, it makes water the most common substance on earth. Without water, there could be no life. Every living thing needs water to live, and every living thing is made of at least some water. Next to the air we breathe, water is our most important need. Without water there wouldn’t be any life on Earth. Read more

  • District News Articles
    7/26/2013
    THE WESTERN WATER CYCLE – FROM SNOWPACK TO STREAM
  • The water cycle is usually illustrated as a circular flow chart depicting water’s endless journey between ground and sky, rain and vapor. In Western states, where the majority of water falls as snow, the process works a bit differently. Western mountains have snowpack, a reservoir of frozen water that melts and fills streams during dry spring and summer months. Too much snow or quickly-melting snow might mean flooding. A deficit could cause water shortage or drought. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/27/2013
    Denver Water Modifies Watering Restrictions
  • Board moves to Stage 1 drought response; customers still asked to save water Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/21/2013
    HELP YOUR TREES SURVIVE THE DROUGHT
  • The drought of 2012/2013 has taken a toll on plants across the country, devastating crops, wreaking havoc on landscaping and ruining lawns. While you might be worried about your grass turning brown or flowers wilting, there’s one thing that you definitely shouldn’t overlook - your trees. Like all plants, trees require a consistent supply of water, but when they’re under prolonged exposure to drought conditions, they can suffer irreversible damage. A professional tree service can assess the health of your trees and look for drought-related stress. Many tree service companies employ a certified arborist, which is a professional who specializes in the cultivation and management of trees and other woody plants. Read more

  • District News Articles
    6/7/2013
    DID YOU KNOW? INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WATER DISTRIBUTION (WOODEN WATER PIPES)
  • It’s hard to say exactly when someone hollowed out a material for the transport of water but the Romans are generally credited with first mass use of pipes to transport water. In fact the word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead “plumbum”, the substance the Romans used for their water pipes. What might surprise people is that after the fall of the Roman empire another material emerged as the favored way to transport water to homes - wood Read more

  • District News Articles
    5/24/2013
    WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE SPRING MAKES - DROUGHT PRICING DELAYED
  • If you’ve been following Denver Water’s weekly Water Watch Reports, you’ve seen their snowpack and precipitation graphs jump upward after the April and May snowfall. This is great news for our water supply, which had been abysmal since July 2011. Even with the precipitation we have received over the last two months, the watersheds that supply the District’s water still ended up below the average peak at 91 percent in the Colorado River watershed and 92 percent in the South Platte River watershed. Because of this, Denver Water has stressed the importance of May and June weather as it will impact how much mountain snow will make its way into the reservoirs that supply the District’s water. The wetter the better! Read more

  • District News Articles
    4/26/2013
    PLATTE CANYON PREPARES FOR CONSTRUCTION SEASON
  • With spring and summer comes construction season and a continuation of Platte Canyon’s efforts to repair, rehabilitate, and replace portions of the District’s water distribution and wastewater collection systems. The District anticipates expenditure of $258,946 for capital construction this year. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/27/2013
    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 more

  • District News Articles
    3/22/2013
    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. Chesney’s statement is backed up by data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the federal agency that measures Colorado’s snowpack. "Unless Colorado sees weather patterns in March that bring well above average snowfall and precipitation to the state, there will not be much relief from the current drought conditions," the NRCS said in a statement. NCRS said the March snowpack measurement reflected a "nominal" increase, but the snowpack in the South Platte and Colorado River basins from which Denver Water receives water are 53 percent of average and 68 percent of average, respectively. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/15/2013
    WORLD WATER DAY 2013: INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF WATER COOPERATION
  • World Water Day takes place annually on 22 March. It focuses the attention of the world on the importance of freshwater resources in our lives and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water. Read more

  • District News Articles
    3/8/2013
    DISTRICT WELCOMES NEW OPERATIONS EMPLOYEE
  • Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District would like to extend a warm welcome to Mike Chavez, our newest operations employee. Read more

  • District News Articles
    2/22/2013
    DISTRICT CREWS AVAILABLE 24/7, 365 DAYS PER YEAR FOR EMERGENCIES
  • To report problems with water service, sewer service, or possible water leaks, please contact Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District at 303-979-2333 BEFORE calling a plumber or another contractor. After hours emergency calls are automatically directed to an on-call maintenance operations employee who will promptly return your call. Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/25/2013
    DISTRICT CONSIDERS ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT
  • District staff is researching options to convert the District’s paper filing system to an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS). One of the primary reasons for seeking an electronic alternative is to improve the filing of emails and electronic correspondence without printing and manually filing these documents. In addition, archived files can be converted from paper records to digital for permanent storage, whcih would greatly increases the efficiency of this task. Implementing an EDMS would include the following benefits for the District: Read more

  • District News Articles
    1/11/2013
    PLATTE CANYON SEEKS COMMUNITY OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  • What does the Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District do for me and my community? If you cannot readily answer this question we would like the opportunity to talk with you and other members of your association about the services provided by the District. The Board of Directors of Platte Canyon is increasing its efforts to explain what we do and how we do it. A brief presentation has been prepared to describe the critical services provided to our customers Read more