How Does Xcel Energy Use Ditch Water?

How Does Xcel Energy Use Ditch Water?


The Valmont Station generates enough power for 169,500 homes on average. Valmont Station is Xcel Energy's most efficient power plant, using coal and natural gas to generate electricity.

Today, Xcel Energy is the main industrial user of ditch water in Boulder. Xcel Energy uses ditch water to cool and condense steam at its Valmont Power Generating Station at 63rd near Arapahoe. Five thousand gallons of ditch water are needed to generate enough power for an average home for a year. Boulder was chosen as the site for the station in 1922 because of plentiful coal from Louisville and Lafayette, available water, and a growing power demand from nearby cities and mines.

Photo courtesy of Xcel Energy.