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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: March 16, 2020

Work activities at Hillcrest site

Stockpile Update
MWH brought in an additional scraper to assist with expediting the removal of the stockpiles. MWH expects to have the removal completed by the end of spring.

East Gate Entrance 
The front gate to the property on Happy Canyon Road has resumed operation and there will be additional construction traffic use through this entrance. Street sweeping to remove mud and debris from the roadway is regularly scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays. Additional street sweeping will be completed as needed.  

Weather permitting, landscaping will begin in May.

We will be replacing the fence along Happy Canyon Road starting on March 16. During this time, temporary chain link fencing will be in place near the sidewalk. The sidewalk will remain open during construction activity. We anticipate permanent fence will be installed in April.

Completion Timeline 
As demolition and construction of the new pump station nears completion this summer, we anticipate less noise and dust throughout the site. The entire project is expected to be completed in early 2022.

HOA Meeting 
MWH and Denver Water is planning to attend the Southmoor HOA meeting at Thomas Jefferson High School on April 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. We will provide an update and answer project related questions from the community.

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

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