Where the Front Range’s Water Comes From

Because we’re a plumbing company, we deal with water every day. Lots and lots of water. Maybe we’re performing basic plumbing services and fixing a leak in someone’s freshwater pipes, or perhaps we’re taking care of their drain cleaning so that the water can go on its merry way.

But where does all that water come from, and where does it go? Glad you asked.

Mountains, Rivers, and Reservoirs

Here in Denver we’re very fortunate to be very high up on the “water chain.” Snow falls on the mountains, and the snow melt becomes the South Platte River, Williams Fork River, and Blue River. Denver also gets it water from Ralston Creek, Bear Creek, and South Boulder Creek. Of course, the largest supplier of water for Denver is Dillon Reservoir, which provides 40 percent of the water used by the Denver area.

Consider Our Wastewater Treatment Facility

As we all know, water is a precious resource. That’s why it’s important that anything we send down the drain is able to be dealt with easily by Denver’s Wastewater Management. In a garvins 3perfect world, all they would have to deal with is human waste and toilet paper. Unfortunately, the water they receive is filled with drain cleaners, medicine, and oh-so-many unmentionables. (Tampons and condoms. We’re talking about tampons and condoms.) Making sure “what should go in the toilet” is the only stuff that actually does go in the toilet makes their job of cleaning and recycling the water that much easier. And it helps keep your sewer service bills lower if they have to treat it less.

Be Kind To Our Downstream Neighbors

So, since we’re so high up on the water chain, we can use all we want and do whatever we want with it, right? Well that’s not a very nice attitude to have, person with whom we’re having an imaginary argument! Keeping the water as clean as possible means that we can send that water down the South Platte, which joins the North Platte to become the Platter River, which joins the Missouri River, which joins the Mississippi, which ends up in the Gulf of Mexico. Keeping water clean here keeps it clean for tens of millions of people along the way, and keeps the entire world’s oceans cleaner.

Now that you know about where your water comes from and where it goes, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of why it’s so important to keep it as clean as possible. You can look for hidden leaks in your home by reading this blog, and you can always heed the advice of your local plumber by not sending anything down the toilet that you shouldn’t. And when you do and need sewer cleaning, give Garvin’s Sewer Service a call!