ESTES PARK SANITATION DISTRICT - ESTES PARK, CO 80517
  FACILITY:   TREATMENT AND COLLECTION:   OFFICE:
  LOCATION:   610 BIG THOMPSON AVENUE    1201 GRAVES AVENUE
  PHONE:   (970) 586-3516   (970) 586-2866
  FAX:   (970) 577-0363   (970) 586-4712

The Goal of Clean Water

Treated effluent from our wastewater plant is discharged to the Big Thompson River.  The river falls under the protection of the EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a body of water in our federal and state watershed. Clean water is a vital resource used for recreation, aquatic life and public water intakes.  Since the 1970's, improving watershed quality has been a focus of these agencies and public organizations.  This clean water commitment requires  the components of residential and commercial wastewater be regulated.  Many discharges are restricted altogether.  With each passing decade, wastewater standards have become more stringent as discharge impacts are better understood and as clean water technology improves.

Wastewater Rules and Regulations

Our primary industry is tourism.  Tourism is a relatively clean industry as most of the wastewater generated is "domestic" or residential in nature.  However "industrial" users such as carwashes, automotive shops, medical providers, film processors and jewelers are also present.  Pretreatment with filters or recovery systems is necessary to keep harmful elements or compounds from the wastewater. Our Wastewater Discharge Rules and Regulations is currently being revised and will be available in the future.

Fats, Oils and Grease Interceptors (FOG) are a requirement for all food service establishments in our District.  This requirement is best understood by reviewing our FOG Interceptor Policy

Collection Rules and Regulations

Ensuring that sewer service lines are properly maintained and installed is an important function of the District.  Sewer service lines are the responsibility of the property owner.  A service line begins immediately outside the building and ends at the Districts sewer main.  This includes the connection fitting.  In other words, your responsibility does not end at your property line.  Correct installation minimizes costly problems from occurring in the future.

Older service lines require maintenance and care.  Tree roots or settled joints can prevent lines from draining.  Broken lines allow un-treated wastewater to be released into the environment - a concern for our watershed agencies.  They also allow infiltration of groundwater that uses valuable plant capacity - an important financial concern.  These are just some of the reasons for our comprehensive  Collection Rules and Regulations document.