The August 2016 “Water News” is hot off the presses from @DenverWater

Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir, completed in 1932, is the second largest storage facility in Denver Water’s system and one of the largest bodies of water on Colorado’s East Slope. Photo via Denver Water.
Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir, completed in 1932, is the second largest storage facility in Denver Water’s system and one of the largest bodies of water on Colorado’s East Slope. Photo via Denver Water.

Click here to read the newsletter. Here’s an excerpt:

Denver Water has 20 dams, and some are more than 100 years old. We conduct our own internal dam evaluations and also take part in state and federal inspections, which include checking for any mechanical issues and changes in seepage over time.

We also actively work to maintain and improve dams. Two of Denver Water’s oldest earthen dams (Antero, 1909, and Marston, 1902) have been undergoing safety upgrades.

Concrete dams are expected to last 200 years, and we aim to maintain them so they can safely last even longer. Built in 1932, Eleven Mile had its annual state and internal inspection in May, when the dam received a standard “satisfactory” rating.

With proper maintenance, we can expect this 84-year-old architectural marvel to last well beyond the next century.

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