Current News

When to look for updates and where

Check Website, Facebook & Email about 7 days after Board meetings.
Please keep your Emails up to date with us so you get the latest information.  Send your Email address to

2/11/17 – Please turn in your Easement form, will help speed up the project.

Those people who have received a request form LPWWA for an easement across your property please return as soon as possible.  It help your volunteer boards members from having to make contact with you.  If you do have a question about the easement please don’t hesitate to call 970-403-5790.

1/14/17 – Board meeting location will change

Due to changes at the school, we can no longer have our meetings at the school.  We are therefore looking at other locations.  The Feb. meeting will be held at the Marvel United Methodist Church at 103 CR 133.  We will meet in March at the Office of the Old Fort Lewis and in April meet at the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire station by Hesperus.  We will hope to determine a permanent location by Aprils meeting.

1/13/17 – Expect some letters in the next few days.

Current Phase 1 Subscribers – In a few days you will receive updated information and easement documents to sign.  This part of the project is very important and we encourage you to ask all questions you may have.   The sooner we get the documents back the sooner the project can move forward.

Phase 1 Property owners along the pipeline route who have not subscribed for service – You will receive a letter giving you the opportunity to still sign up at the current $10,000 level for the next 30-45 days.  Please be aware that your cost is likely to be substantially higher if you want to sign up at a later date, since there will be limited capacity for additional service in the designed system and you may incur line extension costs in addition to the subscription fee.

Phase 1 Property owners NOT in close proximity to the current pipeline – You will receive a letter giving you a possible method for you, or you and a group of your neighbors to sign up at a lower cost for everyone.  As stated above it will likely cost you substantially more to sign up at a later date.

The offers to sign up is limited to just a few months so don’t wait to act on this.  Contact any board member or call (970) 403-5790.  Water User Agreement is here.  Click on Map to Enlarge.

12/16/16 – Notes from 12/14/16 board meeting

The 2017 Budget for LPWWA was approved.

Phase 0 Progress
Phase 0 (Raw Water) construction is progressing very well. We are within budget. Canyon Construction is working in the area where there is some sandstone rock but have been able to break it up with toothed bucket so blasting has been avoided so far. That is good news for everyone. If you drive down 210 you will see the large piles of dirt and rock. See pictures here.

Phase 1 Progress
Everything seems to be on schedule for us to hear back from USDA by end of Feb. If you are a Phase 1 subscriber watch for a letter regarding the need for you to grant easement for the pipeline. This is a very important step we would like completed by end of Feb.

You can still sign up
If you are not a subscriber but live in a vicinity of the current pipelines please call (970-403-5790) us so we can help you get signed up (970-403-5790). You can see the pipeline maps here. If you look at the second map, any of the purple dots inside or very close to the red boundary line have a good chance of being added. Signing up now will cost the least as later the cost will be more.

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.