Dominion Water & Sanitation District welcomes Andrea Cole as General Manager

Denver, CO (June 2021) – Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD), a wholesale water and wastewater provider for northwest Douglas County, is pleased to welcome Andrea Cole as the organization’s General Manager.  Ms. Cole will continue to advance DWSD foundational goals through thought leadership on water sustainability in Douglas County.


The DWSD water portfolio is based on renewable supplies echoing the vision of Douglas County of shifting reliance from non-renewable sources.  This vision is shared by DWSD customer Sterling Ranch, which has achieved effective conservation and demand management planning measures in its community leading by example for future customers of DWSD.  With an eye to the future, DWSD is piloting the first rainwater harvesting program in the state of Colorado. In addition, DWSD is partnering with stakeholders in the basin to find a regional solution for wastewater. 


“This is an exciting time for DWSD and Colorado and I’m proud to take the helm of DWSD and look forward to working with stakeholders and regional partners to advance the goals and vision of this strong organization,” stated Ms. Cole.

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Andrea brings extensive experience in water in Colorado and across the country having led several complex water programs advancing sustainability goals.  She is an effective communicator who engages stakeholders and works collaboratively with partners to find solutions to challenges.  Prior to joining DWSD, Andrea was the Regional Business Leader for Olsson, where she spearheaded the development of public sector work for water, transportation and environmental teams along the Front Range.  Andrea will leverage her engineering and legal background to advance the mission of DWSD. She is a member of the Design Build Institute of America, the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Colorado Municipal League, the Special District Association, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Denver Partnership.


Harold Smethills, a founding Board Member of DWSD, stated: “We are very excited about Andrea joining Dominion.  She is only the second General Manager of the District, which has created solid infrastructure and water supplies to provide water service to Sterling Ranch and the approximately 700 homes in the area on failing wells.  The water system is operating well and near completion.  DWSD was also formed to provide regional wastewater services to the northwest Douglas County region and that regional system is operating and able to expand.  The excellent DWSD team has created a solid base infrastructure and we are confident Andrea will lead it to the next level.”


About Dominion Water

Dominion is a special district formed in 2004 to provide wholesale water and wastewater services. Dominion was formed as part of the County’s vision to bring renewable water and access to centralized wastewater service to Northwest Douglas County. Dominion is building an integrated system that fully and efficiently utilizes its resources. By strategically partnering, planning for both long and short term, and integrating technology, Dominion is developing a reliable system for cost-effective service.  Dominion’s service area of 33,000 acres was established, in part, in direct response to the County's vision for residents in Northwest Douglas County to shift away from nonrenewable water supplies.  More information regarding about Dominion Water is available at   

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