Breaking it now, so it won’t break later

Mile High Water Talk

Getting down in the dirt — and in a fog — to make sure Denver Water contractors are using the best materials.

By Steve Snyder and Dave Gaylinn


The guys at Denver Water’s Materials Lab have an interesting job. They try to break things for a living.

They also spend a fair amount of time dabbling in dirt. Sounds like a fun time, right?

“Yeah, but it’s not as exciting as you might think,” said Josh Smith, Materials Lab manager.

Perhaps not exciting, but necessary. Smith and his team provide quality assurance on soils and concrete products that contractors use when working on Denver Water projects. Typically those materials have already been tested by the contractor.

“But it has been our experience that you need some truth check of those tests,” Smith said.

“We’re here to make sure Denver Water gets the product it paid for from the contractor,”…

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