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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: April 5, 2021

Work activities at Hillcrest site

Pump station
Work on the roof of the new pump station facility is scheduled to be complete by mid-April. The new pump station will be operational this summer and paving around the facility will begin by late-summer. The demolition of the old pump station will begin this fall.

The seeding from last fall will begin to sprout this spring, which will reduce the amount of dust significantly. Final seeding along Hillcrest Drive will begin by mid-April, and the evergreens along the front entrance will be planted when the weather is warmer. Seeding around the pump station will not commence until completion of the facility later this fall.

Road sweeping
We have reduced the street sweeping on Happy Canyon Road to two times per week. We will continue to sweep on additional days as needed.

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 Spring of 2021: Crews will replace the pumping equipment, which is outdated, and the pumping station's building.









Photos and renderings