Treatment Process

Ute Water proudly operates a conventional water treatment facility with chemical flocculation, sedimentation, dual-media filtration, corrosion control, fluoridation and disinfection. There are multiple source waters available to Ute Water but the preferred source is the Jerry Creek Reservoirs on the Grand Mesa.

Aluminum sulfate and cationic polymer are added to the raw water for coagulation. Coagulated particles are allowed to settle out before going to the dual media filters. The filters effectively remove particulate.

Filtered water enters the clear well where caustic soda is added to increase pH for optimization of chloramination and corrosion control. Ammonia is added as water exits the clear well for chloramination. Throughout the treatment process, analyzers, level gauges and other monitoring equipment are in place to continuously monitor and alert personnel of changing conditions. Finished water is then introduced to the distribution system.

Distribution System


Coagulation is the process of adding chemicals to assist in the removal of suspended particles from the raw water.


Sedimentation is the process of allowing the coagulated water to settle out impurities prior to filtration.

Dual Media:

Dual media (sand and anthracite) filters remove particulate leaving clean, finished water.

Ute Water uses chloramines to kill and/or inactivate any remaining pathogens and to comply with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Natural fluoride levels are increased with hydrofluosilicic acid to minimize tooth decay.