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.

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, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.


BGWSD Awarded Grant, Election Update, Capital Project Priorities

With the coming of spring, District staff and Board are preparing for the election of directors in May along with the implementation of several capital projects and annual system maintenance protocols.

The biggest news is approval of an $89,760 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Energy and Mineral Assistance Program for water meter replacements. The project represents a significant part of the District’s ongoing water conservation project, designed to reduce excessive leakage in the water distribution system. The grant amount is 50 percent of project costs, with the balance coming from bond funds approved by voters in 2008.

At its February meeting, the Board accepted the resignation of Parvin Johnson, thanked Johnson for his many years of service, and appointed Michael Scully to fill the position until the May 6 election. Scully has regularly attended Board meetings for several years, so was a natural choice to fill the vacancy until the May election.

The District election is Tuesday, May 6 and ballots will be mailed in April. There are three open positions, two four-year terms and one two-year term (the remainder of Johnson’s term). As of the filing deadline, two candidates, Martin Macaulay and Michael Scully had filed for the two four-year term positions. Three candidates filed for the two-year term: current Board President, Vicki Matthews; Dean Lloyd and Stephen Smilack. Instructions for voting by mail will be included in the ballot package. Or, locals can vote in person on May 6 at the District office, 57 Baca Grant Way South, from 7am to 7pm. Many thanks to the many citizens who volunteered to serve as election officials.

In other business at the February meeting, the Board reviewed and adopted a proposed system developed by staff and the District’s engineer for prioritizing capital improvement projects. Highest priority projects are those needed in response to a system failure or imminent failure and which would have a major operational impact or financial consequence.

Following this system, three projects were designated ‘Priority 1’: the water meter register replacement project, pump replacement and well rehabilitation at Well 18, and pump upgrade at the Stables lift station. With the award of the grant for the meter project, work on all three will begin this spring.

In other District news, General Manager Steven Harrell was designated Operator of the Year by the Colorado Rural Water Association. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment approved the District’s Corrosion Control Study and designated soda ash as the ‘optimal’ corrosion control treatment.

April’s Board meeting will be held on Friday April 18, 8am at the District office. An agenda and information will be available on line before the meeting.

2014 Transparency Notice Adobe PDF
2014 Adopted Budget Adobe PDF

2014 Board of Directors Election Information

The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District will be conducting a mail ballot election on the 6th day of May, 2014. Ballots will be due by 7 p.m. on Election Day. At that time two (2) Directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms and one (1) Director will be elected to serve a 2-year term.

§1-13.5-1105(2)(d), 1-13.5-502

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and particularly, to the electors of the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District of Saguache County, State of Colorado:
NOTICE IS HEREBY given that a regular election of the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District shall be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The election is being conducted as a mail ballot election. Mail ballots are required to be mailed to eligible electors between 22 and 15 days prior to the election date.

At said election, the electors of the District shall vote for Directors to serve the following terms of office on the Board of Directors of the District:

The names of persons nominated as Director for a FOUR-Year Term (for two vacant seats to be voted upon):

The names of persons nominated as Director for a TWO-Year Term (for one vacant seat to be voted upon):

Electors may apply for mail ballots and return voted mail ballots at the following location: Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District Office, 57 Baca Grant Way South, Crestone, CO 81131.
The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District Office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., beginning at least 22 days prior to Election Day (April 14th) and from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (May 6th).
Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District
/s/ AJ Beckman
Designated Election Official
Phone: 303-987-0835

Rate Increase

There 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.

2013 Consumer Confidence Report (for Calendar Year 2012)

The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is pleased to present to you this year's water quality report.

2013 CCR

What is an "AOS" Fee?

Availability of Service or "AOS" fees are charged on unimproved property if the property has infrastructure for water and sewer service within 100 feet of the property.

Beginning January 1 2014, the District will charge the annual AOS fee in the amount of $140 per year, per lot. The fees will be due semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1 and the second payment being due on September 1. You can of course pay the full amount of $140 by March 1.

Corrosion Control Study

The 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.Adobe PDF

Corrosion Control Study
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Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District Rules & Regulations Adobe PDF

2014 Resolution Amending Rules and Regulations (2012 Issue)
Adobe PDF