Quality of Life

Infrastructure

100% Water Needed for Build-Out

Due: December 2025

Principle: Providing safe, reliable, high-quality water, drainage system, and wastewater disposal services for full city build-out, as defined by the Comprehensive Plan.

Description

The City has been engaged in long-term strategic planning related to water supply for decades. Currently, the City has a projected shortfall of 2,550 acre feet (AF) to meet the needs of the community in 2065. To fill the gap the City is pursuing several additional sources of water supplies:

  1. Participation in the Denver Water Gross Reservoir Expansion project,
  2. Purchasing agricultural water rights which are then converted to municipal use,
  3. Planning and construction of a future water storage reservoir. 

These additional water supply strategies are complex in nature and require partnerships with multiple agencies. Additionally, these strategies are resource intensive and progress is measured over multiple years.

Significance

Water is a critical element necessary for the build-out of the City as envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan. The approach to procuring water must be strategic and multi-faceted.

Another key factor is focusing on water conservation. The importance of water conservation was solidified in the 2019 Community Survey.

Analysis

The City is partnering with Denver Water on an expansion of Gross Reservoir that will yield the additional water supply needed for build-out. 

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Work System
Performance Measures

Waterline Breaks 

Water Pipeline Breaks - Description

The City is committed to maintaining the investment in the water system infrastructure. One measure of success is the number of water pipeline breaks that occur annually. The goal or target is to have 25 or fewer water distribution pipeline breaks annually. Data entered each quarter is cumulative. 


The goal and target is 4 or less per 100 miles while the industry standard is 12 per 100 miles. 

Water Pipeline Breaks - Significance

By Investing in water main replacement and taking the time to analyze and prioritize existing infrastructure, the workforce has been able to reduce the number of pipeline breaks each year. 

Keeping the system in good condition improves customer service, saves money, enhances efficiency and assists in keeping water rates as low as possible.

Reducing water distribution pipeline breaks also plays a role in overall water conservation as one break can result in the loss of millions of gallons of water. 

Water Pipeline Breaks - Analysis

Water Pipeline Breaks - Data Source

City Works Asset Management System 

Water Emergency Response Time

Emergency Response - Description

This performance measure focuses on the time it takes to respond to all after-hours calls which require an on-call technician to report to the job site with the equipment necessary to immediately mitigate the situation. The time starts with receipt of a phone call and ends when the technician is on site. 


This performance measure is aligned with questions on the Community Survey focused on value of utilities and confidence in timely repairs.

Emergency Response - Significance

Providing timely response to all urgent situations (water breaks, sewer overflows, flooding conditions) is necessary to minimize property damage and inconvenience to all customers. 

Emergency Response - Analysis

Emergency Response - Data Source

Canvas time reporting tool