Water Distribution


The Water Distribution Department is responsible for the operation, repair, and maintenance of the City’s water distribution system. This includes all parts of the water distribution chain, from the finished water storage tanks to the water main, to the service lines and to the meter pits. The operators focus on preventative maintenance programs designed to extend the life of all assets.

The responsibilities and functions of the Water Distribution Division include:

  • Valves, Hydrants, and Water Tanks
  • Maintenance of the Water Metering System
  • Maintaining Water Quality through Scheduled Flushing of Water Mains
  • Repair/Replacement of Water Mains
  • Operation of the Bulk Water Station

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment licenses all of the Operators that operate and maintain the Water Distribution System.

Water Specifications

The Water Specifications (PDF) are intended to provide information to all concerned parties performing waterline construction dedicated to or accepted by the City of Cañon City. In addition, all work within the public right of way is governed by these specifications.

The specifications apply rigidly to any new developments, which are not constrained by already existing improvements. Upgrades to existing facilities are often limited to conform to an existing condition. The Engineer may, therefore, allow variation of these specifications in this situation. When the term “Engineer” appears in these specifications, it shall mean the City Engineer or his authorized representative appointed by the City of Cañon City

Finished Water Storage

After the water leaves the Filtration Facility all of it then flows into the two finished water storage tanks located on the water treatment plant hillside that have a capacity of 8.4 million gallons (MG). Water sampling lines from the tanks are piped to the monitoring station located in the Backwash Pump Station so that continuous testing can be performed to ensure that the finished water is safe to drink.

Bulk Water Station

A bulk water sales station has been constructed by the City of Cañon City and is located adjacent to the City of Cañon City maintenance shops. This station will provide bulk water to residents and contractors without the need for the customer to rent a hydrant meter. A standard 3-inch male cam lock connection is installed on the station, customers will need to adapt to this connection. The discharge from the station is currently set at approximately 250 gallons per minute (GPM).

A new fill station is being constructed and is anticipated to be ready by July 1, 2020. There will be some changes to the existing station. Please visit the Bulk Water Page for more information.

Account Setup

Customers will be required to set up a prepaid account with the City of Cañon City. Accounts may be opened at the City of Cañon City Water Distribution office located at:
1525 S 9th Street
Cañon City, CO 81212

Be prepared to provide company and truck information, including license plate numbers and truck capacity.


Please visit our Utility Billing page for information on paying for your city water service.