More than a pipeline. A lifeline.

Southern Colorado’s future requires water. El Paso County’s population will grow 1.9 percent a year through 2030, or 350,000 more people. The project partners already own rights to sufficient water, but need a delivery system to transport it.


Investing in our future.

Water infrastructure is typically a multi-generational investment. People who live in Colorado Springs today are benefiting from the investments that previous generations have made in the existing water system. SDS is an investment in our future.


Protecting the Environment.

The pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir is the most environmentally responsible route for SDS. SDS partners and regulatory agencies agree on comprehensive mitigation plans to ensure the environment is protected as SDS is built and operated.


Short and long-term regional benefits.

SDS construction is providing much-needed jobs and business opportunities for Southern Colorado companies. Project construction will add an estimated $179 million in local wages through 2016.


End of the

Community leaders, contractors and partner communities celebrated the end of pipeline construction on March 18, 2015 at a site adjacent to a recently completed pipe-tunneling project. Approximately 7,000 50-foot sections of mostly 66-inch diameter, welded-steel blue pipe were installed over the past 3.5 years in El Paso and Pueblo counties. Extensive revegetation has been done throughout the project to restore land disturbed by construction.

Improving Fountain Creek

As part of our operations, Colorado Springs Utilities has been actively involved in addressing stormwater issues and has already invested a significant amount of money in stormwater management. The Fountain Creek Improvement Project recently completed as part of an SDS mitigation requirement restored a section of the creek to a more natural state and is reducing erosion and sedimentation. Watch video.

SDS Tunnel Across I-25, Fountain Creek Making Progress

Progress continues on SDS as crews recently finished installing pipe through the mile-long tunnel that spans under Interstate 25, Fountain Creek, nearby railroad tracks and surface roads. Underground tunnel boring was complete during November of last year. About 165 pieces of pipe have been lowered into the more than 80-foot deep tunnel shaft to connect the SDS pipeline across the geographically challenging area. The project is anticipated to be complete Q1 2015. Watch Video

First Phase of Southern Colorado Water Project Nears Completion

ENR Mountain States, April 20, 2015

SDS Monthly Progress Report

Business Outreach Semi-Annual Report (July - December 2014)

Springs Utilities pleased with results of flood control project

KOAA News 5, May 8, 2015

SDS Concluding 50 Miles of Pipeline Construction

Project Update, Mar 19, 2015

Local company thrived on SDS

The Pueblo Chieftain, March 19, 2014

End of Pipeline

News Release, Mar 18, 2015

SDS Completes Tunnel, Connecting Pipeline

Project Update, Mar 2015

Cranes Removed: Final Stretch for WTP Construction

Project Update, Mar 2015

Final, complicated tunnel for Colorado Springs water pipeline nears completion

The Gazette, Dec 28, 2014

Pipe company among the beneficiaries of SDS project

The Gazette, Dec 27, 2014

SDS Phase I

  • Pueblo Dam connection
  • Raw and finished water pipeline
  • 3 water pump stations
  • 1 water treatment plant

Contact Us By Mail

Colorado Springs Utilities
Southern Delivery System
121 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80947


For General Questions

Phone: 855-737-4968
Media contact: 719-668-3838