Phase 1 Website page has been updated

Phase 1 page on website has been updated to include progress maps.  We plan to update these every couple weeks.  The dates shown on the map will give you an idea of how much progress has been made between dates and give you some sense of when you might see the pipe coming by you.  Click here to go to Phase 1 page. If you have a reserve subscription and plan to upgrade to Primary Subscription be sure you have upgraded before we get to you.


Bernadette Cuthair, Harold Cuthair, Frank Smith, Ken Spence, Roy Horvath, Duane Dale
LPWWA Board Members & Bartlett & West – Paul Gray, Bernadette Cuthair, Frank Smith, Ken Spence, Roy Horvath, Mardi Gebhardt, Deb Flick, Barb McCall, Jeff Shamburg
A few of the Phase 1 Subscribers – Stakes to mark Meter location








A very joyful group of 40 people were at the ground-breaking ceremony that was held on Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at the Breen Community Building and Kikel Family Ranch.  Roy Horvath was the moderator for the ceremony and gave an overview of the project.  Mardi Gebhardt gave an overview of the funding sources.  See details of the funding on Phase 1 page here.

Representatives from USDA, TBK Bank, ALPWCD, LPWCD, family members of Kikel Ranch and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe each spoke. Mark Wing of the UMUT giving the opening and closing blessing. We are very grateful for their participation in our ceremony!

It has been 11 years since the formation of LPWWA so it has been a long persistent process by many different agencies and individual LPWWA board members over these many years.

CELEBRATION TIME!  Save the date of Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM for a Open House/construction party.  More detail will be forth coming in the next couple weeks.

LPWWA Ground Breaking

La Plata West Water Authority will hold a ground breaking ceremony on Friday October 19th to celebrate the beginning of construction for Phase 1 which will bring potable water to Southwest La Plata County. This celebration will honor those who have supported, sponsored and funded this stage of our water project. Another celebration will be held in November for our subscribers/tap holders with information regarding this new waterline. The October 19th celebration will begin at 10:00 am at the Breen Grange Hall, for more information please visit our web site at or contact us at (970)403-5790.

Great News from LPWWA – WATER IS ON IT’S WAY

After about 7 years of work Phase 1 will begin construction on the water system for Western La Plata County. All funding is in place with 1.2 million in grant from USDA thanks to the efforts of your board and Duane Dale of USDA out of Cortez. You can expect to see construction beginning within the next month. Williams Construction will be doing the pipelines and Great Plains Structure will be installing the 200,000 gal. water tank near Blue Hill. It is expected the construction will be completed by Nov. 2019 and then the water will flow.

Not too late to SIGNUP
You can still signup if a pipe is going down the road you are on. Each pipe is limited on the number of Taps that can be connected. Wait to sign up and capacity might not exist for you to connect. You can get a Water User Agreement on website here. Currently the subscription fee is $12,000. For additional information go to our website at and check out the FAQ or call ‭(970) 403-5790‬ or email at‬‬

All Subscribers

  • You should look for either a letter or email very soon telling what you need to be doing now to prepare for the pipeline
  • You might start thinking about where you want your meter to be set. Depending on where you live some might need to decide by end of month while others it might be months from now.
  • Keep looking at the Website as we will do our best to keep you informed as to the progress of the laying of the pipe.
  • We will start a list of contractors on the website who show an interest in laying a pipeline from the meter to your house. We will not be recommending these contractors but listing for your convenience.

PR Committee Report and News Release 8/22/18

  1. August 8thboard meeting was spent working on the construction bid for Phase 1.  It was determined that more negotiations were needed to get the project within budget.  Bartlett & West will continue talks.
  2. August 20thboard meeting was productive with the awarding of the construction contract for Phase 1 Schedule 1.  Schedule 1 will consist of the building of the pipeline and schedule 2 is for the tank.  We have applied for grant(s) funds for Schedule 2 through USDA.
  3. With Phase 0 – screens still need to be installed on intake pipes in Lake Nighthorse. They are expected to be installed by October 31, 2018.
  4. The board is still studying our next steps for future phases.  Anyone is welcome to help with this process by working with Future Phases committee.  Please contact Ken Spence if you are interested at 970-759-7082.