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: Crestone Office closed Monday, May, 25, 2015
The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District office will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day. If you have a water or sanitation emergency, please call 719-256-4310.
We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, May 26.
Our regular office hours are 9:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
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 regular meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:00 A.M.
2015 Consumer Confidence Report
The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is pleased to present this year's water quality report.
2015 Drinking Water Quality Report for Calendar Year 2014
From The Water Tank, Part Two: Clean WaterBy Judy DeLuca and Chad Tate
The Baca Grand Water and Sanitation District encompasses a very large geographical area, including Chalets I,II,and III, Casita park and properties along road “T” to Camper Village.
The District’s 64 miles of water mains serve approximately 677 service connections in the District.
Casita Park and its environs receives water from the “Motel Well” located behind the White Eagle property and distribution from that location to 67 service connections occurs via 6 inch pipes which traverse fairly flat ground. A booster station in that area pumps constantly in order to maintain adequate pressure in the lines.
The water for Chalets I, II and III however, originates from the Wells 17/18 located near the Colorado College Complex and travels in all directions, mostly uphill. I wondered and sought to answer this question, shared by many, I’m sure:how does a glass of clean drinking water get from a well located at an altitude of 7,752 feet up to the highest customers whose homes are above 8,770 feet? The answer is complex but I can share my simple version! However, before we follow our glass of water, it is important to know that the District operates three transfer stations and four booster stations whose functions are to move water; associated with them, there may be storage tanks and/or pump houses. These facilities contain approximately 15 pumps, the workhorses of the operation. During 2014,the average monthly electric bill associated with these clean water facilities was approximately $7,748.00.
Our glass of water exits the well (18 or 17) and in the booster station it is treated with chlorine per State regulation and with sodium bicarbonate to maintain proper pH. It travels through the South Crestone tank, then the Moonlight tank and transfer station, through the Ridgeview transfer station to the Brookview tank. This tank is at the highest altitude in the District and holds up to 132,000 gallons of water. From there, the Pinecone booster station pushes our glass of water to the receiving home(s).
Some of the challenges associated with the successful delivery of clean water include maintaining and repairing the infrastructure: meters which must be checked, water mains which develop leaks, pumps and/or motors which may fail, hydrants undergoing upgrades, tanks which must be cleaned. The field staff is responsible for these functions and also monitors chlorine, pH and coliforms. Staff is assisted in their work by a sophisticated electronic system, housed in the booster stations, which monitors functions and sends information to the District office. During off hours, the system, SCADA, is set to detect untoward events and contact via telephone the operator on call. SCADA eliminates the need for a daily visual examination of every facility and improves efficiency.
Water loss from leaks is a challenge with which residents can assist staff. Keep a look out for unusual wet spots on our roads and/or uncharacteristic green areas during the dry months. Report these to the District office (256-4310) and one of the staff will follow up. The staff of Baca Water and Sanitation are committed to their work and service to the community. We appreciate all their efforts and are encouraged to say “hello” as we pass them at their work.
Availability of Service Statements
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.
What is an "AOS" Fee?
Beginning January 1 2015, the District will charge the annual AOS fee in the amount of $150 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 $150 by March 1.
The first 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 fees are charged semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1, 2015 and the second payment being due on September 1, 2015. 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.
Resolution No. 2014-11-06
THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BACA GRANDE WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT
CONCERNING THE IMPOSTITION OF VARIOUS FEES, RATES, TOLLS, PENALTIES AND CHARGES FOR WATER AND SEWER SERVICES AND FACILITIES
2015 Transparency Notice
2014 Adopted Budget
Please note that the District office is now open during the lunch hour.
Regular office hours are 9:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.