A behind-the-scenes look at powering a dam

Electrical upgrade improves reliability and safety at Strontia Springs Reservoir

December 3, 2015 | By: Jay Adams

From the outside, Strontia Springs Dam looks like giant wall tucked away inside Waterton Canyon, but on the inside, the dam is a working machine.

A group of Denver Water electricians are wrapping up a major upgrade to the dam’s electrical system to make it safer for employees who operate the facility. They’re building three new distribution panels to improve the reliability of the dam’s valves, which regulate the amount of water that flows out of the dam. Because electricity powers the valves, the new panels include modern circuit breakers to reduce the potential for hazardous electrical flashes.

The electrical work — which began in August and is expected to wrap up by the end of December — will prepare the dam for any future upgrades to its aging hydropower plant.

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