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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: November 8, 2021

Work activities at Hillcrest site

Pump station
Due to labor and material shortages, completion of the pump station has been delayed. Demolition of the old pump station is expected to occur in late Spring 2022.

The native seed has successfully rooted and will get its final cut for the season in the coming weeks. We will lay additional seed next spring in areas that are sparse. The seed will continue to fill in over the next few seasons.

Road sweeping
Happy Canyon Road continues to be swept two times per week. We expect to continue this schedule throughout the winter months, with additional sweeping as required.

Construction hours at Hillcrest site

We continue to work on Saturdays through the spring, with personnel arriving at 7 a.m. and equipment use beginning at 8 a.m. We do not anticipate working any Sundays for the foreseeable future. 

Weekday working hours remain 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anticipated timeline

The current phase should be complete in summer 2022.









Photos and renderings