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First Steps to Getting Your Project Approved with Denver Water

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, Denver Water is implementing mandatory computer-based training for all design engineers that submit plans for review. This may sound scary since Denver Water already has some of the most detailed standards in the country for plan review approval. Below I will layout my journey and some tips and tricks to taking your first steps to completing plans with Denver Water.

Contractors, Engineers, and Developers are initially directed to the Plan Reviews page to get educated on the submittal process. If your project contains one of the following, a Plan review is required: 

  • Main extensions for new development. 
  • Fire hydrants. 
  • Fire sprinklers and domestic connections 3-inch and larger. 
  • Water line relocations or modifications. 

As you navigate down the page you will come across the link for Plan Review Training. Click on the link and create an account in the portal. Once logged into the portal there are two main areas to note: Training and Assessment. In the training area you will be given information and practice questions about working within the Denver Water Standards. 

In this area you will be directed to helpful information such as External CAD Standard Requirements, Engineering Standards, and Capital Project Construction Information. After completing the training portion of the portal you will be ready to take your assessment. Make sure you have opened the links and information from above since most of the answers to the questions are in these documents. 

I found the test itself very well written and quite tricky (I barely passed with 82%, 80% minimum required). All in all, I think Denver Water leveling up their game with this portal will help bridge the gap between what their expectations are on submittals and what the consultants submit.