Top 3 things Denver Water is thankful for this holiday season

There are many things to be thankful for, but only one can be at the top.

November 25, 2019 | By: Jose Salas

With the holiday season underway, it’s a natural moment to pause, reflect and be thankful for many things.

We made a list, checked it — well, more than twice — and finally focused on the top three things Denver Water is thankful for during the season.

  1. A sustainable future.
Denver Water turkey wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Denver Water and its employees wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Did you know it takes about 520 gallons of water to produce one pound of turkey meat? Image credit: Denver Water.


There are many ways to be sustainable, from a simple thing like cooking Thanksgiving dinner to completely rethinking how we do business.

In terms of smaller things, we’re grateful to have so many tips to enjoy the holiday while saving water. Among them: Thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator — not under running water.

On a larger scale, Denver Water is taking steps to become an energy-neutral organization. That includes initiatives like reducing our municipal solid waste by 25% by 2020.

  1. Our employees.

We have 1.4 million people depending on Denver Water to keep the water flowing.

Whether it’s the crews who repair and replace water mains, the teams who protect and manage reservoirs, watersheds and water quality, or our emergency services and support services workers, there are many Denver Water employees working around the clock, rain or shine, every single day.

Yes, even during the holidays.

  1. You, our customer.
Zooey and her parents stop by a Denver Water project and meet Billy Martinez for a photo.
Zooey and her parents stop by a Denver Water project and meet Billy Martinez, Denver Water equipment operator. Photo credit: Denver Water.


We have so much to thank you for, but most importantly, we are grateful for our customers’ trust for us to deliver safe, high-quality drinking water; for your patience during construction work; and for your commitment to continue to use water wisely. It is, after all, our most precious resource.

Our top priority is to deliver safe, high-quality drinking water to our customers. This means upgrading and maintaining our extensive system. Denver Water replaces approximately 100,000 feet of pipe per year as part of our proactive replacement program and has a $1.3 billion plan that includes more than 100 major infrastructure and operational projects.

You’ve helped keep the streak alive! Since 2008, overall water use on a single day has not gone above 400 million gallons — and we’ve had some scorchers over this time.

“Our customers get a lot of credit for paying attention to weather conditions and skipping watering days after rains and when temperatures are cooler,” said Greg Fisher, demand planning manager at Denver Water.

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