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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: February 11 , 2020

Work activities at Hillcrest site

Stockpile Update
In January, we concluded abatement of asbestos found on-site. Additional testing has indicated that there are no additional areas of concern. As a safety precaution, asbestos monitoring will continue throughout the rest of the project. 

Large equipment and scrapers have resumed work to remove the stockpiles and continue construction on-site. We recognize this activity causes dust and have water trucks spraying to keep the dust down. We are on target to complete the removal of both stockpiles by early spring.

Conduit 28 
On the northeast side of the property, near the fence line, crews are installing a portion of this 90-inch-diameter pipe. This work requires heavy equipment and will take place throughout the month of February. 

Happy Canyon Road 
The front gate to the property on Happy Canyon Road has resumed operation for Denver Water crews and MWH crews to enter and exit the property. We will be street sweeping twice a week to remove mud and debris from the roadway. 

Landscaping will begin in late spring during optimal planting weather. We will keep you updated on this, as the work depends on weather conditions. 

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 will be starting Sunday work on Feb. 9 for the next few weeks to complete the Conduit 28 construction. Personnel will arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use will begin at 8 a.m. 

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