Palisade Public Works Department


Wastewater & Sewer        Drinking Water        Trash & Solid Waste

Streets & Transportation        Leaf Pick Up        Storm Water             Utility Contacts        



Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm: (970) 464-5602

After hours/holidays: (970) 985-1916



Palisade's utility employees operate and maintain the Town's essential infrastructure in order to provide the best level of service possible to the community.



What is Wastewater?

The Town of Palisade is in charge of treating and maintaining the local water supply.  Wastewater is made up of all the water that goes down the drain in your home or business.  This includes "gray water" from sinks, washing machines, and dishwashers as well as "black water" from sewer lines.

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Utility - Grease Buildup

Fat, Oil, & Grease

Fat, oil, and grease, or FOG, that makes its way into the water system can cause no end of problems for a local water supply.  FOG builds up in sewer lines, causing reduced flow and damage to lines.  In addition, FOG can create a barrier around possibly harmful bacteria or other foreign matter which makes it harder to treat and sanitize wastewater.

While the majority of FOG comes from the food industry, local homes and other businesses also contribute their share of FOG into the system.  In order to help combat this growing issue, the Town of Palisade Municipal Code includes provisions for the management of sewer and wastewater FOG.  The Utility department is working on creating testing and mitigation practices for the prevention of FOG in our local wastewater system.


What can you do to prevent FOG?

While industrial and food service businesses have different requirements, the easiest way for homeowners to combat the buildup of FOG in our sewer system is to pour the fat, oil, or grease from cooking into a container, let it cool, and add it to your everyday trash.

Town of Palisade Municipal Code for Utilities - Sewer

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Drinking Water


In accordance with Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations (5 CCR 1002-11.39), the Town of Palisade, an as owner/operator of a public water system, is charged with protecting drinking water from potential contamination through backflow and/or cross connections.  Uncontrolled backflow or cross connections can introduce chemical, biological, and/or radiological contaminants to the water supply that pose unacceptable health and/or safety risks to the public.

If you have any questions regarding backflow/cross connection prevention, please contact Fred Miller by phone at (970) 464-5602 or by email at info@townofpalisade.org

A list of certified backflow testers can be found here:

Backflow & Cross Connection Testers

This list does not include all certified testers for backflow or cross connection.  The Town of Palisade does not endorse nor guarantee the work performed by any vendor on this list.


Cottonwood Creek

Did You Know?

Cloudy Water

Cloudy Water

Does your water look cloudy?  Chances are there is air in the water line.  It may look a bit off, but there is nothing wrong with the water.  Check it out!

USGS Cloudy Water

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Trash & Solid Waste


Trash and recycling service through Waste Management can be added to your Town utility bill if you choose.  Please contact the Town of Palisade to add, make changes to, or end your current trash service.

By Phone at:  (970) 464-5602

Or by email at:  finance@townofpalisade.org


Other Trash Related Services

Please call (800) 796-9696 for missed trash pickup, trash and recycling service information, cleanups, yard waste/bulky item pickup, your holiday schedule, and other information.

Waste Management offers a pay ahead bulky item and extra bag collection service. Bulky items include outdoor furniture, sports and exercise equipment, porcelain fixtures, mattresses, furniture, carpet, and appliances without refrigerant. Bulky items must weigh less than 50 pounds and be contained within a 4 ft. by 4 ft. area. Pay ahead collection of bulky items is $40. Pay ahead bag collection is $3 per bag (additional trash or yard waste bags that do not fit in your cart). Please call (800) 796-9696 before your scheduled trash collection day to schedule a bulky item or extra bag(s) pickup.

Your recycling program includes an every-other-week recycling service and two recycling bins. Please have your recycling bins ready for pickup by 7 a.m. on collection day. Place recyclables loosely in your bins. Do NOT bag your recyclables. Please see the recycling schedule below for your scheduled pickup week.



To improve safety and efficiency and allow for increased collection of recyclable materials, Waste Management has transitioned to single-stream, or all-in-one-cart, recycling.
A wheeled 96 gallon cart was delivered to Palisade Waste Management trash/recycle customers at no cost.  With this new cart, you will no longer have to separate your recyclable materials.

Click here for more information and a downloadable PDF regarding the single stream transition.

Waste Management Single Stream Recycling Announcement - PDF

If you have any questions regarding this new service, please call the Town of Palisade at 970-464-5602 or email us at finance@townofpalisade.org

Streets, Sidewalks, & Bike Lanes


The Town of Palisade Utility Department maintains the streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes throughout Palisade.  As a community, we appreciate your help in keeping our town's thoroughfares in good working order.

If you notice somewhere in town that repairs are needed, such as damage or line of sight blockage to street signs, a sidewalk that needs lifted, or potholes, please call the Town of Palisade at (970) 464-5602.

Streetlight outages are handled by Xcel Energy, not the Town.  If you wish to report a streetlight outage, you can do it online here:  

Report A Streetlight Outage Here

Street cleaning is performed most Thursdays, weather permitting.  This is for regular road grime cleaning, not for leaf or gravel pick up.

Right of Way Permit


If you are going to be upgrading utility lines to your home and need to break the surface of the ground in town, we need to know about it!  Please fill out the Right of Way Permit and return it to us before you begin your project.

Right of Way Permit

By email:


By mail to:

Town of Palisade
Utilities Director
P.O. Box 128
Palisade, CO 81526

In person at:

Town of Palisade Town Hall
175 E 3rd Street
Palisade, CO 81526

If you have any questions regarding whether or not you need this form, please email our Utilities Director, Matt Lemon - mlemon@townofpalisade.org     

2022 Leaf Pick Up, Beginning Monday, October 24th


The Town of Palisade will begin weekly leaf pick up on Monday October 22, 2022 and will continue through approximately the first week of December, 2022 (weather permitting).  Areas will be picked up as shown in the map here.

For leaf pick up, residents are instructed to:

  • Rake leaves into the street
    • approximately 18 inches from the curb
    • into rows no taller than 12 inches
  • Place piles of leaves at least 15 feet from objects such as cars, trucks, and/or trailers that are parked on the street
  • Do not park on leaves
  • Do not include limbs, plastic bags, fecal matter, rocks, trash, or other debris
  • Bagged leaves will not be picked up

At their discretion, crews may not pick up leaves if anything other than leaves is found in a pile.  Leaves will be mulched and used to improve soil conditions at Riverbend Park.

For more information, please call 970-464-5602



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Snow Removal Policy

When it snows in Western Colorado you never know if we're going to get a nice, light, powdered sugar coating or a foot of butter cream frosting!  No matter how much we get though, there is a snow removal policy for the Town of Palisade which you can find here:

Snow Removal Policy


Grand Valley Transit & Regional Transportation Planning Office



The Grand Valley Transit operates throughout Mesa County.  For bus routes and schedules, click here:

Grand Valley Transit Routes & Schedules

*Note: Palisade is served by Route 4.


Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office works on local transportation issues throughout the county.  To learn more about them and what they do, click here:

Mesa County RTPO

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Utility Contacts




(970) 985-1917


Fred Miller


(970) 261-2385


Town Utility Inquiries

(970) 464-5602

175 East 3rd Street, Palisade, CO


Xcel Energy

(800) 481-4700

Xcel Energy Website


Waste Management

(800) 796-9696

*This number is only for missed trash pick-up or if you want to schedule a pre-paid bulky item or extra bag collection.  All other trash inquiries should be made through the Town of Palisade.

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