January 2017

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Water Efficiency Tip
When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills. 
Home water sampling
Centennial Water is seeking homeowners to participate in a sampling program required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. If you live in a single-family home built between 1983 and 1987 we want to hear from you.

With the assistance of homeowners, Centennial Water will test the amount of lead and copper levels in water at the tap. This is not a new program, and is something required of all water districts across the state.

Centennial Water has met lead and copper standards set by the EPA since monitoring began in 1991. We test lead and copper levels in addition to many other constituents in drinking water according to federal and state laws. The information is reported each year in the   Water Quality Report published in April.

To volunteer for the sampling program or for more information, email info@highlandsranch.org.
Water and wastewater rates remain low
Water and wastewater rates in Highlands Ranch remain among the lowest in the south metro region, even with a 3.3 percent increase this year. The changes are primarily due to inflation, increasing costs for utilities, repair services, wages and benefits.

The proposed changes over a 12-month period for 2017 total $792. That compares to 2016 rates of $923 for the City of Littleton, $1,229 for the Town of Parker, and $1,820 for Roxborough. These numbers are based on rates for a typical single-family customer with a 7,500 sq. ft. lot.

To learn more about water and wastewater rates, including stormwater and streetlight fees, click here.
Shift to groundwater
The water supply in Highlands Ranch is now pulling from 100 percent groundwater for the next couple months while a condition assessment of the water treatment plant is being performed. This is routine maintenance required to ensure the water treatment plant continues to operate successfully. The water treatment plant will be brought back online in late March, early April this year.

Centennial Water is one of the few water districts that relies primarily on surface water throughout the year. Over the past 25 years, 90 percent of the water supplied has come from renewable river supplies.
Centennial Water facts
The Marcy Gulch Wastewater Treatment Plant treated 2.4 billion gallons of domestic (residential and commercial) wastewater (raw sewage) last year, the equivalent of 3,600 Olympic size swimming pools.