Public Works - Utilities

The Utilities Division's functions include water treatment and distribution, water resources and hydroelectric management, wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater collection and conveyance, water quality protection and enhancement, construction and maintenance and infrastructure planning.

  • The Planning and Project Management group provides strategic planning, permitting, public engagement, engineering, construction and asset management for the water, wastewater and stormwater/flood management utilities.
  • Utilities Maintenance operates, maintains, and provides emergency response for the water distribution, wastewater collection, flood control facilities and storm water collection systems of the city. This workgroup also performs all water meter reading, maintenance and repair.
  • The Water Resources group manages the city’s municipal raw water supplies and hydroelectric facilities. This group manages the diversion, storage and delivery of raw water and completes water rights accounting. This workgroup also manages the leasing of raw water supplies to agricultural users, protects the City’s water rights in water court proceedings, acts as a liaison with ditch companies, and manages the instream flow program for Boulder Creek.
  • Water Treatment operates the two water treatment plants responsible for providing the Boulder community with potable water for public health and fire response. This unit is responsible for compliance with federal and state regulations and with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Water Resources Recover group is responsible for protection of environmental quality and public health through safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the water resources recovery facility (WWRF). Operations are managed following federal and state regulations including the Clean Water Act.
  • Water Quality and Environmental Services serves as a technical resource and provides regulatory support for the Utilities Division and other city departments. Services include implementation of, and support for, regulatory permits, monitoring to meet regulations, evaluating performance of wastewater treatment and drinking water treatment processes, and implementation of programs to protect the health of natural systems. The group also provides project management services in support of integrating water quality enhancement and regulatory compliance into the city’s Capital Improvement Program.