Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District’s (BGWSD) mission is to provide high quality, reliable, water supply and environmentally responsible treatment of wastewater with a commitment to service excellence for the well-being of the community in the most efficient and economical manner.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO FIX OR INCREASE FEES, RATES, TOLLS, PENALTIES OR CHARGES
FOR WATER AND/OR SANITARY SEWER SERVICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to § 32-1-1001(2)(a), C.R.S., the Board of Directors for the
Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District (the “District”) will consider the fix and/or increase of fees,
rates, tolls, penalties or charges for water and/or sanitary service at a public meeting to be held on Friday,
November 21, 2014, at 8:00 A.M., at the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District Office, 57 Baca
Grant Way, Crestone, Colorado. Any interested member of the public may attend the public meeting.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
BACA GRANDE WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT
BACA GRANDE WATER & SANITATION DISTRICT
2014 Distribution System Improvements
September 15, 2014 Update
The District has retained an independent contractor to work on a series of projects intended to reduce potable water losses from the District’s distribution system. The overall effort includes the installation of three pressure reducing valve (PRV) vaults and over 500 feet of new pipe in six locations at the southern end of the District. Minimal service interruptions are anticipated but will be communicated to those that will be affected. Traffic control operations may necessitate vehicular detours in the vicinity of the work. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-October and a current construction schedule is detailed below.
Week of August 18: Pre-construction meeting and equipment/materials mobilization. Construction staking was performed.
Week of August 25: Equipment and materials mobilization.
Week of September 2: Waterline interconnect at Camino Del Rey and Graceful Way.
September 8 to September 16: Complete waterline interconnect at Camino Del Rey and Graceful Way. Begin waterline interconnect on Rarity Way between Cordial Way and Lovers Way.
Week of September 15: Complete waterline interconnect on Rarity Way between Cordial Way and Lovers Way. Begin PRV vault installation in Carefree Way near Camino Del Rey.
Week of September 22: PRV vault installation in Jubilant Way near Virtue Way.
Week of September 29: Waterline interconnect at Jubilant Way and Virtue Way.
Week of October 6: PRV vault installation in Ridgecrest Way near Green View Court.
Week of October 13: Project clean-up and closeout.
BGWSD Board Meetings
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District, are typically held on the third Friday of each month, at 8:00 A.M., at 57 Baca Grant Way South.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 A.M.
Pump failures cause short-term water crisis in the Baca
Over the last 14 weeks, the Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District experienced three pump and electrical component failures of its two booster pumps and a backup pump that is kept on hand for emergencies. These pumps take water from our two wells 500 feet up the mountain to one of six storage facilities that are part of the water distribution system serving the Chalets.
At 1:30 am on July 19, the weekend operator on duty, Justin DeBon, received an alarm warning of the third failure, and he confirmed this upon arriving at the site shortly thereafter. District operations staff began repairs early Saturday morning and worked around the clock with contractors and consultants to solve the immediate problem.
As a result of the third pump failure, the District lost its ability to pump water into the water distribution system. Water levels in the all of the storage facilities began to drop.
Emergency water conservation measures were implemented on July 20, 2014, asking the community to limit water use. Notices were posted and big signs put up at the entrance to the Baca asking people to be very frugal with water use. People were asked not to water yards, do laundry or bathe and to conserve water as much as possible, using water only for drinking, cooking and limited toilet flushing. General Manager Steven Harrell expressed the District’s appreciation to community members who stepped up to help with this challenge and noted “it’s a good reminder for all of us to be more conservation minded.”
As of 11pm July 20, one of the two pumps was back in operation, restoring a limited flow of water into the system. The second repaired pump was installed late in the evening July 21. Overnight water storage levels were restored and at 7:30am on July 22, all emergency restricts were lifted.
Throughout the event, an operator was on site monitoring the system 24/7. District staff, contractors and consultants have been worked diligently to get this critical part of the system back in full operation. Close monitoring and work toward identifying the cause of these failures will continue.
Board President Cindy Reinhardt spoke the sentiments of the entire board thanking the staff, consultants and community: “I am grateful beyond measure for our staff and the contractors and consultants who serve this District every day to keep our water flowing. Thank you and kudos to the weary team that navigated the District through this emergency tirelessly over these past four days to get the system back in full operation.” She added, “thanks as well to the community for stepping up and taking this situation seriously. I hope that we’ll all take the conservation measures that we each implemented forward and be more mindful each time we turn on the tap.”
Availability of Service Statements
The second half of the annual billing for the Availability of Service (“AOS”) fees has gone out to all vacant land owners that have availability of service. The annual AOS fee is $140 per year, per lot. The fees are charged semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1, 2014 and the second payment being due on September 1, 2014. The semi-annual due dates were put in place to allow customers the flexibility to pay the annual amount in two installments.
The District has 65 miles of distribution system and 45 miles of collection system lines designed to provide 2360 lots water and sewer service. Regardless of each lot owner’s decision to connect to the system, the capital infrastructure provides a benefit through its availability to the lot and lot values are enhanced as a result of this availability. The AOS fee is specifically used to repay debt incurred for capital infrastructure which has been financed by the District. Although customers paying the AOS fee are not connected to the capital infrastructure, the cost of the capital infrastructure must be appropriately distributed among those who are connected and receiving service, and those who are receiving the benefit of the availability to receive water and sewer service.
2014 Consumer Confidence Report (for Calendar Year 2013)The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is pleased to present this year's water quality report.
2014 Transparency Notice
2014 Adopted Budget
Rate IncreaseThere will be a $2.00 increase each for water and sewer services. Beginning January 1, 2014, the base rate for 4000 gallons of water will be $25.00, plus sewer at $25.00.
The annual Availability of Service (AOS) charge will see a $10.00 increase. The annual AOS fee will now be $140.00 billed out in two parts, the first billing of $70 will be due March 1, with the remaining $70 due September 1. The AOS fee is only assessed on unimproved property that has water and sewer service lines running within 100 feet of the property.
Corrosion Control StudyThe 2012 Corrosion Control Study for the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is now available for download. You will need Acrobat Reader to download this file.
Corrosion Control Study [10mb file]
Please note that the District office will be closed 12:30-1:30 daily for lunch.