More than a Pipeline.  A Lifeline.

The Time is Now

Drought Protection

Southern Colorado has a dry climate and is prone to period severe drought. Another water system means having another means to deliver water from different sources and the reservoirs planned as part of Phase II of the SDS project will provide more storage closer to our community.

SDS supports communities where future generations can live and thrive.

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 SDS project partners already own rights to sufficient water, but need a delivery system to transport it.

Beyond meeting growing demands, SDS diversifies water portfolios, helps protect against drought and increases the reliability of our existing water systems.

El Paso County is now the most populous county in Colorado. SDS will supply Southern Colorado partner communities with water upon completion in 2016 through the next several decades.


A Diverse Portfolio

When existing pipelines need maintenance or repair, SDS improves the reliability of our system.

Wise Use of Resources

SDS is the least expensive, most direct way to deliver water to our communities.

Economic Vitality

Water is the lifeblood of our economic health, and critical to retaining and attracting jobs and business to our region.

SDS Facts

SDS and Banning-Lewis Ranch

“Hesitating to move forward with SDS would have serious economic consequences to Colorado Springs and El Paso County, with impacts felt among all of its regional neighbors.”

- 2011 SDS Economic Impact Study, Summit Economics LLC



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: 719-668-8793

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