- Water Department
- Water Management
The Town of Berthoud is dedicated to providing safe, quality water services to all residents. The Water Division is responsible for the proper operation of the water treatment plant and distribution system and compliance with Safe Drinking Water Standards, the State and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The Town’s raw water system is supplied by the Colorado Big Thompson Project and Big Thompson River water rights are used. The primary raw water storage is the Berthoud Reservoir north of the Town.
- Maintain and replace all Town water mains
- Valve control
- Leak Detection
- Water quality
- System flushing
- Operate and maintain raw water supply
- Clean and maintain water storage facilities
- Water line locates and inspections
- Water meter readings and testing
- Customer Service
For the last few years Berthoud has been expanding the water treatment plant to better serve residents and to be independent of the larger surrounding communities with our water needs. Now that expansion is complete, here are some facts about what was added. Click to view the inside of our water treatment plant.
Coagulation and Flocculation Basins
This is the first of the treatment processes. Raw water is first treated with a polymer-based coagulant, rapidly mixed and then flows into a series of flocculation basins. The gentle mixing action in the flocculation basins helps to create collision and adhesion of small particles into larger particles which can then settle in the next process: sedimentation.
Once the water has spent time in the flocculation basins, it flows to the settling basin to give time for the particles to separate from the clean water. During the expansion at the water plant, two settling tanks were added to the water treatment plant to increase capacity from 2.0 million gallons per day to 4.0 million gallons per day.
Additional Water Filters
The final step is to send the settled water collected from the sedimentation basin to the multi-media gravity filters. This is the final physical process the water will go through inside the water treatment plant before it is sent out to Berthoud's resident's homes. During the expansion, two additional filters were added. Each filter has a capacity of filtering 1.0 million gallons of water each day.
We encourage our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. Annual Water Quality reports are designed to inform you about the quality of your drinking water and the services we deliver to you every day. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We hope our current and archived reports answer any questions you may have about your drinking water.
More information about water quality and the Consumer Confidence Report can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).