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.
2014 Board of Directors Election InformationThe 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.
Self-Nomination and Acceptance Forms are available and can be obtained from AJ Beckman, the Designated Election Official for the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District, 141 Union Boulevard, Suite 150, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1898, (303) 987-0835. Self-Nomination and Acceptance Forms are also available at the District office: 57 Baca Grant Way South, Crestone, Colorado. You may also download the forms using the following links:
A Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form that is not sufficient may be amended once at any time prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.
BGWSD Board MeetingsRegular 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, March 21, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
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.
Looking to the Future –
At the Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District’s January board meeting and retreat, the Board engaged in looking at how the District can best continue to meet its mission: to provide high quality, reliable and sustainable water 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.
Highlights of the January BGWSD Board Meeting and Retreat
Like countless other local government entities near and far, BGWS&D faces numerous challenges: an aging system, a small customer base relative to the system’s size, increasing costs, debt, and an economy that is far from robust. If long term stability were only as simple as cutting a few dollars here and there, raising fees, or delaying an improvement for a year or so, the decisions would be much easier. But the reality is that every choice we make impacts our customers, the future of our facilities, and our long term financial stability. How to provide quality, affordable services is a key factor in every decision we make.
That is the context in which the Board reviewed 2013 accomplishments and began to prioritize projects for the current year.
Among the District’s accomplishments in 2013 were:
- Continuing to make progress on a water rights plan
- Resolution of a long standing fine with the Colorado Department of Health & Environment
- Completion of a hydraulic model to support leak detection and a comprehensive water conservation plan
- Meeting annual goals for sanitary sewer system jetting and fire hydrant maintenance
- Recruitment and training of three new system operators
- Purchase of a much needed backhoe
Looking ahead to the remaining months of 2014, projects and priorities include:
- Implementing the second phase of the water conservation project consisting of meter replacements in order to quantify total system usage and usage within specific areas
- Creating redundancy for critical areas of the water and sewer systems
- Performing critical preventive maintenance
- Developing a long term approach to the disposal of treated waste
- Establishing a pay portal for online receipt of payments
- Creating a process for prioritizing and approval of capital projects
- Holding a Director election in May
- Long range planning to look ahead toward meeting future financial needs
As the District Board and staff tackle these challenges, we invite the community we serve to get involved. Attend our February board meeting on Friday, February 21 at 8:00am. Consider putting your hat in the ring as a candidate for the Board. You can get details on the District’s website: www.bacawater.com.
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.
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 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]