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11/30/16 – 2017 Budget expected to be voted on

At the Dec. 14, 2016 board meeting the 2017 Budget will be discussed and expected to be voted on.

11/30/16 – Get your neighbor to sign up for Phase 1

Want lower monthly cost? The more property owners that sign up the lower cost to you & your neighbor. If you know someone who has not yet subscribed for service on their property, PLEASE inform them that they can still signup. They probably qualify if the system pipelines are being installed in close proximity to their property, they still have the opportunity to sign up for a tap at the cost of $10,000 for a ¾” tap, with service to a primary residence and up to two accessory dwelling units on a single meter on a single parcel of land. If you have already subscribed and have interest in additional service locations, please contact at or 970-403-5790.

11/08/16 – New Photos Phase 0

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Phase 0 – Construction pictures 10/26/16

More pictures here.

Lake Nighthorse
Entrance CR 210
Just before Intake structure
Toward Lake

10/7/16 – Phase 0 Construction Beginning

If you haven’t notice Phase 0 construction has started.  The pictures below shows the 16″ pipe at CR 141 & 125 & work on road to Intake Structure.  Watch for more pictures as construction progresses here and on Phase 0 page.


10/4/16 – Link to Durango TV story on Raw Water Groundbreaking

Click here for a link to the story done by Durango TV on the Raw Water groundbreaking.

September 14, 2016, LPWWA held the Raw Water Groundbreaking Ceremony

On September 14, 2016, LPWWA held the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the commencement of Phase 0 at the Tribute Garden Overlook by Lake Nighthorse. LPWWA, the lead agency, hosted eight entities that have supported the project with their contributions of time and money. The eight entities, including LPWWA,are shown in the shovel line-up below as follows: (left to right) Lake Durango Water Authority – Ward Holmes, La Plata West Water Authority – Mardi Gebhardt, Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe – Chairman Manuel Heart, Southwest Water Conservation District – Laura Spann, Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Chairman Clement Frost, Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District – Gene Bradley, La Plata Water Conservation District – Brice Lee, Colorado Water Resources & Power Development Authority – Bob Wolff, Colorado Water Conservation Board – Kirk Russell.  Other Groundbreaking photos can be found here.

LPWWA celebrated with 52 people related to the project. Speeches from all major entities were given with emphasis on the huge amount of joint cooperation between the groups to make this happen. Check out our website,, for more details of the event and some great pictures! Construction of Phase 0 is expected to be completed by August 2017.

Please note that the Durango Herald article, dated September 15, 2016, failed to report the significance and purpose of the groundbreaking ceremony. It was a significant milestone for our side of the county

in that the purpose of this project is to secure the treated water for the rest of the distribution system out to the far western side of La Plata County for our future phases.

On Going Information


The next regular LPWWA Board meeting will be Oct. 12, 2016 at 6:30 at Fort Lewis Mesa School.  Future meetings will be Nov. 9, 2016 also at 6:30 PM at Fort Lewis Mesa School.  Regular meetings are scheduled for the second Wed. of each  month.