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Big Thompson River Flowing

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Mission and Vision

Loveland Water and Power (LWP) is a municipally owned utility providing Loveland customers power, water and wastewater utility services. Staff is governed by the Loveland Utilities Commission, a nine member board which serves as an advisory body to the City Council, that meets the third Wednesday of every month.

Our Mission

LWP's mission is to add value serving the community's utility needs for today and tomorrow by:

  • Providing quality customer service
  • Providing reliable service
  • Planning for the future
  • Being environmentally sensitive
  • Offering safe and secure utilities at competitive rates
  • Being fiscally responsible

Our Vision

LWP’s vision is to be recognized by the community for excellence and integrity in providing long-term customer satisfaction and reliable service.

About Us - Water
Water and Wastewater Employees 90.29
Year of Creation 1887
American Water Works Association Member Yes
2018 Power, Water and Wastewater Fact Sheet 
Water Quality Report 
Virtual tour of the Loveland Water Treatment Plant
 From Snowy Caps to Loveland Taps - The History of Loveland's Water Utility
Water Revenues  $16,982,369
Water Expenses  $13,942,295
Residential Inside / Outside 24,208 / 911
Commercial Inside / Outside 1,184 / 91
Irrigation Inside/Outside 311 / 5
Total Customers 26,710
Average Residential Water Rate $4.90 per 1000 gallons
Average Per Person / Household Daily Water Use 90 gallons / 278 gallons
Average Monthly Residential Water Bill $41.43
Average Monthly Residential Water Usage 8,449 gallons

System Data
Current Service Area 33 sq. miles 
Water Treatment Plant Capacity 38 MGD

Water Treatment Plant Average – Summer (May-Aug)

20.1 MGD

Water Treatment Plant Average – Winter (Jan-Mar & Dec)

6.75 MGD
Miles of Water Lines 463.39 miles
Number of Hydrants 3,171
Number of Pump Stations 8
Treated Water Storage 20.3 MGD 

Loveland's Raw Water Sources

Big Thompson River

Colorado-Big Thompson Project

LWP Water Service Area 

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LWP Ditch and Reservoir Map
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About Us - Power
Employees  52.5
Number of Key Accounts   33
Year Power department was created  1925
American Public Power Association Member   Yes
Designated as a Diamond Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)    RP3 - APPA
2018 Power, Water and Wastewater Fact Sheet  
 Electric Revenues $65,898,196
 Purchased Power Expenses $44,596,397
 Power System Expenses $15,567,877
 Purchased Power as a % of Revenue  64.3%

Residential Inside/Outside 31,828 / 623
Commercial Inside/Outside 4,104 / 275
Industrial Inside/Outside 347 / 9

Total Customers

Average Residential Electric Rate 10.66 ¢/kWh
Average Residential Per Person Daily Electric Use 9 kWh
Average Daily Household Electric Use 22 kWh
Average Monthly Residential Electric Bill $71.33
Average Monthly Residential Electric Usage 669 kWh

Generating Units
Net Metering Agreements   156
Commercial Distributed Generation, kW AC   2,775
Commercial Distributed Generation, kW DC  137
Residential Distributed Generation, kW AC  738
Foothills Solar Generation Capacity, kW DC  3,500
Sources of Electricity from Platte River Power Authority

LWP Electric Service Area
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About Us - Wastewater
Year of Creation 1902
Water and Wastewater Employees 90.29
Wastewater Environment Federation Member  Yes
2018 Power, Water and Wastewater Fact Sheet
Virtual Tour of the Loveland Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wastewater Revenues  $13,066,557
Wastewater Expenses  $9,449,121

Residential Inside/Outside 31,488 / 963
Commercial Inside/Outside 1,142 / 45
Flat Rate 1,426
High Strength Surcharge  310

Total Wastewater Customers

Average Residential Wastewater Rate $7.46 per 1000 gallons

System Data

Current Service Area 30 sq. miles
Wastewater Treatment Plant Peak Day 9.6 MGD
Wastewater Treatment Plant Hydraulic Capacity 10 MGD
Wastewater Treatment Plant – Summer Average (Apr-Sept) 6.5 MGD
Wastewater Treatment Plant –Winter Season (Jan-Mar & Oct-Dec) 5.8 MGD
Wastewater Treatment Plant Organic Capacity (lbs/day of BOD) 20,236 lbs/day
Miles of Sewer Lines 353.16 miles
Number of Wastewater Manholes 8,917
Number of Wastewater Lift Stations (13 Public and 3 Private) 18

LWP Wastewater Service Area
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LWP History

Road Sign

Loveland’s first electric light plant was started in 1900 by Lee J. Kelim. He started the plant in his farmer’s mill located at what is now 107-109 West 2nd St. He installed a coal-fired steam boiler and sold excess electricity to the city to light intersections and businesses during evening hours. In 1905 Kelim sold the mill and moved the plant to the corner of 2nd and Railroad, where he built the Loveland Light, Heat and Power Company. Eventually this would become Western Light and Power Company, and then Public Service Company of Colorado, which is a subsidiary of Xcel Inc.

Taxpayers authorized Council to construct a hydroelectric plant in 1914. Charles Viestenz of City Council had lead with the idea at first, but there had been concern that the construction of the plant would raise taxes so high that living in Loveland would become unaffordable. Once it was authorized, the construction of a dam across the Big Thompson River 15 miles west of Loveland was contracted in 1915. The next year, an 827 foot tunnel was built as part of the project.


Work on the hydroelectric plant stopped when World War I began, due to material shortages. After the war was over in 1924, continuing construction on the plant was again a financial burden on the City. But as electric loads and demand were rising, a contract was let to allow the construction of a transmission line. In 1925, the City’s Electric Department began operation from the plant, as well as took over the Public Service Company’s distribution system within the city limits. The year after, the land the plant property was expanded to 400 acres to include picnic areas, trails, and shelters. This area eventually became Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park.

In 1928 the demand for electric service exceeded the capacity of the hydroelectric plant, so an additional generating plant was built at 5th Street and Railroad. To aid peak loads, a diesel engine standby plant was also built this year. The load, including both new plants, was exceeded again in 1937. The City sought supplemental power from the Public Service Company and United States Bureau of Reclamation.

Hydro1In 1965 needs were still growing, so Loveland, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Estes Park came together to consider a joint generation and transmission facility. They formed Platte River Municipal Power Association which later became Platte River Power Authority.

In 1976 the Big Thompson River experienced a dramatic flood, during which the water flowed an estimated 30,500 cubic feet per second faster than normal. The dam was washed out, approximately 1700 feet of pipeline was destroyed, and the entire hydroelectric dam was washed away. A new efficient power plant was constructed out of the pathway of future floods, and a new flood-resistant dam replaced the one before.

The City of Loveland and the Thompson R2-J School District funded the construction of the Service Center in 1986. It included warehouses and vehicle maintenance shops for the City of Loveland and the School District. The office building housed Loveland Light and Power Department and the Water/Wastewater Department, which is now known as Loveland Water and Power.



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Loveland Water and Power
200 North Wilson Avenue
Loveland, CO 80538

Phone: 970-962-2111

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