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Hillcrest Storage Tank Replacement

Durable design, less susceptibility to leaks

To maintain safety at the Hillcrest water storage facility and improve its reliability, Denver Water is making major upgrades through work estimated to run through 2021.

hillcrest tank replacement

Tale of 3 Tanks

45 million

gallons total water storage


cubic yards of concrete per tank foundation


foundation's diameter in feet

Why it’s important

Denver Water developed the Hillcrest water storage facility in the early 1960s to replace several small, temporary pumping stations and improve the ability to reliably serve the burgeoning population of southeast Denver. Since then, the area’s population has continued to grow, placing increasing demand on the storage and pumping facilities on top of the wear and tear expected to come with age.

The major upgrades this project brings to the Hillcrest facility are an important part of Denver Water’s plan for continued reliable water service to the southeast Denver area.

How it affects our customers

We have made some great progress on-site over the past couple weeks. Please see the updates below as a reminder for what to expect over the next couple months, including concrete placements this fall. 

Construction update: December 20 , 2019

Work activities at Hillcrest site

New Project Contact
Please welcome Amber Creasey as the new MWH Public Outreach representative. She will be working closely with Denver Water to provide project updates and respond to your questions and concerns. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 720-547-5451.

MWH Constructors has used MWHC as its abbreviation for many years, but it was recently decided that the abbreviation needs to include two of their subsidiaries. Because of this, MWH Constructors will now be abbreviated as MWH.

Stockpile Update
In the November Hillcrest project update, we mentioned a small amount of asbestos was discovered in the concrete supporting the foundation of one of the demolished tanks. Sampling and analysis were conducted of the entire site and one small additional area of contamination was found. Abatement of the found asbestos will be completed by mid-January. 
Recent weather has slowed the progress of the stockpile removal, which resumed in early November. Stockpile removal is expected to be complete by early spring 2020. 

East Gate Visibility 
We received a concern from a Canyon Club Condominium resident regarding the visibility of traffic entering and exiting the east gate. Denver Water and MWH have removed the fabric on the fence to allow for clear views of traffic exiting the site. The stop sign was relocated to inside the gate, and the need for all to follow the speed limit was reinforced.  

Work Hours
Saturday work will continue through the spring. Personnel will arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use will begin at 8 a.m. 
Weekday working hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Happy Holidays! 
The Hillcrest site will be closed to construction over Christmas and New Year’s on the following days: Dec. 24-Dec. 25, Dec. 28-29, and Jan. 1, 2020. 

Construction hours at Hillcrest site

General work hours (outside of weekend concrete placements) are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday work (with the same hours) will continue to be an option that our contractor, MWHC, will use when necessary to keep the project on schedule or when the work could condense the overall timeline.

We continue to make every effort to keep you updated on schedule and activity changes via Nextdoor and our email distribution list. If you would like to be added to the email update list, please email Gianna Lombardi or Amber Creasey.

Anticipated timeline

Pumping station replacement phase, 2018 through early 2020: Crews will replace the pumping equipment, which is outdated, and the pumping station's building.









Photos and renderings