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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: January 22, 2021

Work activities at Hillcrest site

Pump station
Major concrete work has been completed for the pump station. Work on the roof should begin in February, and the mechanical and electrical work inside the pump station will ramp up in early spring. The pump station is expected to go into service in late spring. Paving in this area and demolition of the old pump station is scheduled for summer 2021.
Access Roads
Road paving has been completed and the entrance along Happy Canyon Road is now being used for the majority of traffic. Heavy machinery and semi-trucks will continue to use the access road on the east side of the site closest to the Canyon Club Condos to avoid damaging the new paving.

Most of the landscaping has been completed, including most tree planting, sodding and seeding. Final landscaping around the site and new pump station will be completed this spring and upcoming fall when the new pump station is complete.

Dust mitigation
We are continuing concrete flatwork at the site, which will reduce the amount of dust in the area, and have finished paving. We will continue to have multiple water trucks on-site spraying as needed to mitigate dust issues in the area as long as it is needed.

Road sweeping
We have reduced the street sweeping on Happy Canyon Road to two times a week but will continue to sweep on additional days as needed. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

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