Siphons, chutes and flumes, oh my!

Take a virtual tour of Denver Water’s north supply system

By Kim Unger

If you’re like me, you probably turn on your faucet more than 30 times a day and yet rarely stop to think about how the water gets there.

Most of us know that clean, safe drinking water starts in the mountains as the snow melts and eventually makes its way to our taps. But how, exactly, does all the water get up and over the mountains?

As it turns out, water runs uphill and downhill — and then some.

Take a look.

 

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