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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 spring 2023.

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 9, 2022

    Work activities at Hillcrest site

    Pump station
    Demolition of the old pump station is expected to occur fall 2022. A demolition notice will be sent out to neighbors in the area with dates and impacts.

    Once the old pump station is demoed final landscaping and road paving will occur in late fall 2022. The large stockpile near I-25 will be used to fill in the old pump station.

    Starting Nov. 7, 2022, Denver Water’s contractor, MWH, will start the demolition process of the old pump station at the Hillcrest Facility. Increased noise and construction activity is expected as part of this work. The demolition is anticipated to be complete by mid-December.  

    Hauling trucks and demo equipment will primarily enter and exit through the main gate off Happy Canyon Road. Crews will intermittently use the south gate by the Canyon Club Condos to remove material. They will also use dust mitigation techniques during the demolition process.  

    Once demotion is complete, the area will be backfilled with the stockpile of dirt currently located near I-25. New landscaping, including trees, will be planted in summer 2023.  

    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 spring 2023.









    Photos and renderings