|Keeping Clear Creek Clean…Many communities, including Golden, depend on Clear Creek as their drinking water source.
Many tributaries of the eastern slope converge to create Clear Creek. As it leaves Clear Creek Canyon it passes through our city and travels onward to join the waters of the South Platte River. It is a vital part of one of Colorado’s major watersheds. Many communities, including Golden, depend on Clear Creek as their drinking water source. Its waters have sustained communities along its banks for many years. Golden’s historic water rights date back to the 1800’s and were secured for Golden by those with the foresight to plan for the future. Now we must plan for the future. It is the responsibility of all of us who enjoy the benefits of Clear Creek to help maintain its integrity and natural beauty. If we do so, it will continue to provide our drinking water supply, as well as our agricultural, industrial and recreational needs for generations to come.
|Do you know how these two facts are related?
Golden’s drinking water is made from the surface waters of Clear Creek.
There are 2 separate sewer systems in the City of Golden.
STORM SEWER The storm sewer system collects urban runoff from rain, snow melt, lawn watering and car washing. Water is transported down gutters and into storm drain inlets that take it directly back into Clear Creek without any treatment. Care must be taken to ensure that storm water runoff does not degrade the quality of Clear Creek. Any contaminants that enter the creek compromise the quality of your drinking water.
SANITARY SEWER The sanitary sewer system transports wastewater from residential, commercial and industrial sources to the wastewater treatment facility located north of the Coors Brewing Complex. There the wastewater is treated until it is clean enough to discharge back into Clear Creek. Most wastewater treatment plants cannot fully treat difficult chemicals like strong household cleaners or solvents. Never pour them down the drain. Save these products for recycling at the local household chemical collection center.
For more information and an appointment to properly dispose of solvents and other household chemicals call the Household Chemical Collection Center Appointment Hotline at: 303.316.6262
|Remember…Clear Creek begins in your backyard
The City of Golden was one of the first in the country to implement a storm drain identification program. These distinct markers are attached to the sidewalks next to some of the storm drains in the more central parts of town and other high profile areas. The program was designed to increase public awareness regarding the City’s storm drain system and its direct connection to Clear Creek.
Look for these markers around town and remember… your drinking water source, or someone else’s, is at the
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