Our Water System

Our Water System

Because of where we’re located, getting water to Colorado Springs isn’t easy. We are one of the only Front Range communities not located on a river. Fortunately for us, earlier generations stepped up many times to meet the challenge of providing the water our city needs to maintain a healthy economic and great quality of life.The result is a complex system of 25 reservoir and dams, 200 miles of pipes and four major pump stations stretching across nine counties on both sides of the Continental Divide that provides some of the finest drinking water in the world. Click on map at right to enlarge to better see the full system.Today, we face two issues:

  1. Although we own the rights to the water we need for our future, we need a way to get it to Colorado Springs. SDS will do that.

  2. Our water system is aging. Parts of it are more than 50 years old. We need more redundancy to ensure an uninterrupted supply of water if parts of our existing system need to be taken out of service for maintenance or repair.

Water History - 1996 Water Resource PlanWater Conservation Plan 2008 - 2012 Colorado Springs Utilities' Website

SDS Phase I

  • Pueblo Dam connection
  • Raw and finished water pipeline
  • 3 water pump stations
  • 1 water treatment plant

Contact Us By Mail

Colorado Springs Utilities
Southern Delivery System
121 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80947


For General Questions

Phone: 855-737-4968
Email: sdsinfo@csu.org
Media contact: 719-668-8793

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