Media Advisory and Photo Opp: Hillcrest Reservoir Concrete Placement

Dec. 09, 2016 - Denver Water is in the middle of a $100 million project to improve the safety and reliability of its Hillcrest facility by replacing two 15-million-gallon underground water storage tanks with three 15-million-gallon tanks.

The first of the three new tanks is ready for the base slab to be placed, and on Saturday, Dec. 10, 25 concrete trucks per hour will continuously pour concrete until the floor is completed. The 310-foot-diameter slab will require so much concrete that two local concrete plants will close to other customers and serve only Denver Water that day.

The area supplied by the facility has grown significantly since it was built in the 1960s. This has placed an increasing demand on the storage and pumping facilities, in addition to the wear and tear expected to come with its age. Investing in added storage capacity and major upgrades to the Hillcrest facility are an important part of Denver Water’s commitment to delivering a reliable water service well into the future.

These tanks store water after it’s treated in one of three drinking water treatment plants. There are 30 treated water storage reservoirs located throughout Denver Water’s distribution system.

WHAT: Approximately 25 concrete trucks per hour, pouring more than 1,500 cubic yards of concrete, with more than 80 laborers working continuously to finish the base slab. Learn more at the Hillcrest construction webpage.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 7-9 a.m.

WHERE: Hillcrest water storage facility

WHO: Denver Water spokesperson will be on site to discuss the need for the project.

NOTES: The concrete placement is weather dependent. An updated advisory will be sent out if it needs to be rescheduled. Boots, hard hats and vests will be required to access the site. Hard hats and vests will be available, if needed.


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