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.

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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 9:00 A.M., at 57 Baca Grant Way South. The next meeting is scheduled for February 19, 2016 @ 9:00 A.M.

If you would like to receive a copy of the agenda before the meeting please submit your request to info@bacawater.com.

2016 Special District Election

§§ 1-13.5-501; 1-13.5-303, C.R.S.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, particularly, to the eligible electors of the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District, Saguache County, Colorado (the “District”).

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular election will be held on May 3, 2016, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. At that time, three (3) directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms. Eligible electors of the District interested in serving on the board of directors may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form from the Designated Election Official (“DEO”), located at 57 Baca Grant Way South, Crestone, Colorado, 81131, (719-256-4310) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The deadline to submit a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form is Friday, February 26, 2016. If the DEO determines a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form is not sufficient, the form may be amended once at any time prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016. Earlier submittal is encouraged as the deadline will not permit curing of an insufficient form after this date. An Affidavit of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate must be submitted to the office of the DEO by the close of business on Monday, February 29, 2016.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that applications for an absentee ballot must be filed with the DEO no later than the close of business on Friday, April 29, 2016.

/s/ JoAnn Slivka Designated Election Official
Self-nomination Form Adobe PDF

2016 Mill Levy Increase

The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District received questions and concerns regarding the Board of Directors' decision to increase the mill levy; specifically about the legality of that decision.
Click to read our attorney's response to the issues raised.

What’s Up?  Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District Update

Citizen Advisory Committee Tops BGWSD Board Agenda
By Cindy Reinhardt, President BGWSD Board of Directors

The formation of a citizen advisory group topped the Baca Water & Sanitation District board’s agenda for its first meeting of 2016. In proposing the committee, Board President Cindy Reinhardt noted “we need citizens to be informed about the challenges facing the district in light of lower property valuations, slow growth, infrastructure and equipment needs, new regulations, and debt service payments. There are many smart, creative people in our community and together we can meet these challenges.” 

The proposal elicited feedback from the small group of citizens present that the District could do a better job communicating information to customers. Ideas for doing so included more articles here in the Eagle, using the notice box on bills regularly, and creating a blog to post information and provide a place for comments. Director Michael Scully will research the blog idea and local resident Lynn Drake volunteered to work with him and the board on other ideas.

The formal creation of a committee was deferred until after the May election, given that three positions (a majority of the board) are open and the priorities of a new board could be different.  The current board will continue discussion so that the groundwork will be in place to form the advisory group after the election should the board wish to do so.

Speaking of the May election, three director terms end this year: directors Judy Deluca, Kyle Grote and Reinhardt. All are eligible to run for re-election.  The board assured those present that the election will be held right here in the district on May 3, 2016. JoAnn Slivka was appointed as the Designated Election Official at the November, 2015 board meeting. Several community members have already volunteered to serve on election day. More may be needed, so please contact the office (256-4310) to volunteer.

Even better, consider serving on the board. Speaking from personal experience, I have learned much in these last four years and have enjoyed even the toughest challenges and changes that we’ve faced. Terms are four years. Self-nomination forms are available on the district’s website (www.bacawater.com) and at the district office.

The operations staff welcomed two new team members in January, Tad Crawford and Rebecca Potter. Construction of a secondary line crossing North Crestone Creek near the Well 17/18 complex was completed, and procuring a back-up power system is a priority for 2016. The board authorized the lease of a new dump truck (much needed since the current truck has over 1.3 million – yes, million – miles), a trailer to transport other district equipment efficiently to work sites, as well as two new service trucks.

The board also affirmed authorization of moving forward with an online bill payment system to offer customers a better way to pay bills online. Details will be coming in the next couple months as staff completes training and implementation.

In other business, the board received the great news from the district’s water counsel, Marcus Lock, that in December, the Justice Department finally filed a water court application to legitimize the current location of Well 17. This has been a pending issue since the new well was drilled in 2012, and is one of the many details required to be sure that the District is in compliance with Colorado water law. Since the District leases its water rights from the federal government, we had to request that the Justice Department file the water court case on our behalf.   We are glad this case is now proceeding.
The February meeting of the board of directors will be held on Friday, February 19 at 9a.m. at the district office, 57 Baca Grant Way South.

2016 Budget pdf

This is the budget adopted by the Board of Directors at their November 20, 2015 Board Meeting.

Please visit the Financials page to view more information.

Use of District Water for Marijuana Use

Resolution 2015-09-01 Implementing a Policy Regarding Water Usage for the Cultivation of Marijuana

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

Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District Rules & Regulations Adobe PDF

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