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“We expect water service to be available early spring of 2020. It has not yet been determined when monthly billing will start.

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The current Subscription Fee is $12,000 which can be paid in full or through monthly payments. The payments will be interest-free, as long as all payments are made within the period determined by the amount of the initial payment. Monthly payments of at least $125 plus a $10 Handling/Transaction Fee will be accepted. There is no pre-payment penalty, so any additional amounts paid over the $125 monthly minimum payment will be applied to reduce the principal amount owed and will reduce the total amount of handling fees you’ll pay. Late fees will apply, based on the minimum $125 payment at the rate of 18% per annum. Once water is available at your property, you will be required to pay the Monthly Base Rate and Water Usage fees, in addition to the monthly payment obligation under the Payment Plan. The payment plan will create a lien on your property until paid in full.


Subscriptrion
Cost
Down Payment
Minimum
$3,000
Amount
Financed
Monthly
Principal
Payment
Number of
Monthly Minimum
Payments
Handling/
Transaction
Charge
Total Minimum
Monthly
Payment
Number
of Years
12510135
1200030009000726
40008000645.33
50007000564.66
60006000484
70005000403.33
80004000322.66
90003000242
100002000161.33
11000100080.66
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No one can tell you what value the tap could add to your property, but here is an article that was published in the Durango Herald on May 30, 2015 states as much as $25,000. This is from a well known local realtor.  Read the article here.

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Having water delivered to you is more expensive than the water system would be. Past Board member Ken Spence spends about the same amount as the currently estimated monthly base rate hauling water from Durango, with no allowance for the time he spends hauling water.

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If you can come up with $3,000 or more of the current $10,000 subscription fee before the July 10, 2017 deadline, we will work with you so you can make monthly payments to pay off the balance over no more than 56 months. In addition to the payments toward your subscription fee, you’ll also need to pay the monthly costs applicable to your subscription when service is available for your property.  The easiest and simplest way to reduce costs for EVERYONE on the system is to get additional subscribers at this point in time. By getting more subscribers, the fixed amount of the USDA loan payment will be shared by more people than those currently signed up, which will lower costs for EVERYONE.

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LPWWA is in the process of conducting a comprehensive rate study. We expect to release the results later this year or early next year.

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Monthly Base Rate – 1) Debt Service, infrastructure, operation & administrative costs that it takes to provide you water service. 2) Water Usage Fee – cost for treatment and pumping for metered amount of water that you use during a billing cycle, applied per 1,000 gallons.

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LPWWA requested proposals from local financial institutions in early 2014. We received responses from Community Banks of Colorado, First National Bank of Durango, Wells Fargo Bank and Southwest Federal Credit Union of Colorado indicating a willingness to work with individuals to loan funds for subscription fees, with requirements and terms typically depending on the borrower’s creditworthiness.

USDA Rural Development Home Improvement Grants & Loans For those who are elderly or low income property owners who occupy their property, loan/grant funds may be available through USDA Rural Development Home Improvement Grants & Loans program. Loans of up to $20,000 are available with repayment schedules over 20 years at 1% interest rates. A mortgage agreement is required for loans of $7,500 or more. Grants of up to $7,500 or loan/grant packages are available to property owners 62 year of age or older, but must be repaid if the property is sold within three years of obtaining the loan. See http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-RR_Loans_Grants.html, and/or directly call Nicky McCoy at the USDA offices in Delta Colorado at 970-874-5735 for more details.
Housing Solutions for the Southwest A program that helps with those much needed repairs on your home.  Please Call Christina Cordalis at 970-259-1086 x17 for details about how to apply. swhousingsolutions.com

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They are unknown at this time but as each new phase starts construction then we will work on the next phase price.

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Easements

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Your meter will be located just inside your property line, adjacent to the service line.

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Restoration work will be done to restore the disturbed area to as good or better condition than it was prior to excavation. Driveways and fences will likewise be restored as close as possible to original or better condition.

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We would like you to let us know sooner rather than later so let us work together and come up with a final route that works for you.

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Usually parallel to the roadway unless you and LPWWA agreed upon something else.  It will be pin marked at least 2 days prior to digging.

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30’ unless otherwise agreed upon between you and LPWWA. We are happy to meet with you by phone or site visit to discuss your concerns.

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Our Letter of Conditions from USDA Rural Development requires that we have a minimum of 144 subscribers, which is a condition we certainly meet. Additionally, USDA requires us to develop a POSITIVE PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE CONNECTIONS, which includes requirements for regulations for the system, installation guidelines and requirements for service lines from meter locations to your property and letters notifying property owners of construction and service availability. You can find the current regulations at http://lpwwa.org/wp-content/uploads/Rules-Regulations-Amended-17-08-09Approved.pdf on our web site. Service line installation guidelines/requirements will be available in the future and will likely be sent out with letters notifying property owners of construction and service availability. Also, owners of property in Phase 1 who do not subscribe for service will be given the opportunity to sign a service declination statement.

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Not at this time. Once boundaries for each future phase are determined, we will be able to establish costs for that phase and begin accepting subscriptions for that phase. You are encouraged to start saving on you own, as we do not anticipate the subscription cost for future phases will less than the current $12,000.

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The project will continue, but the area encompassed by the future phases of the project are yet to be determined. The Board is currently reviewing boundaries for the next phase of the project. Subscription costs for future phases can be developed as phase boundaries are determined and subscriptions for each phase will be accepted as each phase is defined. Subsequent phases may resemble the currently mapped phases, but expansion of the system could occur based on demand in an area that has significant density to achieve effective and manageable costs. A primary design impediment and corresponding additional costs will be challenging whenever the design includes crossing the La Plata River, or other streams or wetlands areas, as additional permitting and costs are required to comply in construction of pipelines across riparian or wetlands areas.

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Since the beginning of the summer the Board has been working on plans to have a Water Dock. We have acquired property at the intersection of Hwy 140, CR 122 and CR 119. This property will house both our Office and a Water Dock. Getting funding for the Water Dock is our main focus at this time. We have a design and are looking for local contractors to give us some estimates on the building of our Dock site, placing an Office 10’ X 50′ Trailer and Septic System. If interested please call ‭(970) 403-5790‬.

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Please fill out one our contact form that fits your needs. The forms can be found here.

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LPWWA – La Plata West Water Authority
LDWA – Lake Durango Water Authority
SUIT – Southern Ute Indian Tribe
UMUT – Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
CWCB – Colorado Water Conservation Board
USDA – U.S. Department of Agriculture
SWCD – Southwestern Water Conservation District
SWF – State Water Fund
CDBG – Community Development Block Grant
ALP – Animas La Plata Project
RFP – Request for Proposals
LPWCD – La Plata Water Conservancy District
ALPWCD – Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
CWRPDA – Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
CDPHE – Colorado Department of Health and Environment
DOLA – Department of Local Affairs

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In the early 2000’s subsequent to the final determination to downsize the Animas-La Plata Project (ALP) and eliminate irrigation water for western La Plata County as originally planned, the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District (ALPWCD) created a task force group to learn more about the options for developing a rural domestic water system for Western La Plata County. This task force eventually became the La Plata West Water Company, which received initial funding from the ALPWCD to engage an engineer for preliminary review and design. Work by this group continued through the late fall of 2007, when it was determined that the highest priority at that time was to develop a means to obtain water from Lake Nighthorse without pumping from the base of the dam. The concept for the intake structure was developed and in December of 2007, through sponsorship of the ALPWCD and the La Plata Water Conservancy District (LPWCD), the La Plata West Water Authority (LPWWA) was created to build the intake structure before the ALP reservoir filled. The LPWWA Board engaged EPC Corporation on a design/build basis to build the intake structure. An initial design was developed and a proposal was made to the Southwest Basin Roundtable group.  The Colorado Water Conservation Board/Water Supply Reserve Grants program, through both the Southwest and State Roundtable groups approved a grant proposal for a total of $1.1 million that served as seed money for construction of the intake structure. With this funding committed, proposals were made to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (SUIT) and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. The SUIT eventually agreed to commit $3,000,000 with the UMUT committing $1,500,000 toward the project from ALP Project Resource Funds. Construction on the intake structure began in the fall of 2008 and was completed in July of 2009. Additional funding from the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) and assistance from the Colorado Water and Power Development Authority (CWPRDA) enabled the completion of the intake structure and continued operation of LPWWA.

With the completion of the intake structure, focus shifted to the development of a treated water distribution system for all of Western La Plata County, exclusive of the area served by the Lake Durango Water Authority (LDWA). A USDA Rural Development application was completed and submitted in late 2011 based on a preliminary engineering design to provide service to approximately 650 locations based on the commitments received by property owners in the spring and early summer of 2010. Funding for the $34 million estimated cost for the comprehensive project was not available. LPWWA engaged Bartlett & West Engineers in January of 2013. A phased project plan has been developed in conjunction with a collaborative effort between LPWWA, LDWA, SUIT and UMUT to construct a raw water pipeline from the LPWWA intake structure to Lake Durango. Under this collaboration, LDWA will have access to additional source water for its customers and will utilize excess capacity in the LDWA treatment plant to treat water for initial phases of the LPWWA distribution system. The two initial phases of the LPWWA distribution system are generally south of CR 141 and east of the La Plata River, with the split between Phase 1 and 2 being slightly south of Kline.

LPWWA is considering various options to provide a water dock facility for property owners outside of Phase 1. A series of community meetings will be held during September 2014 to provide update information to property owners in the entire potential service area and neighborhood meetings will take place later in the fall within Phase 1 to begin the easement acquisition and sign-up process. In addition to the 100 or so properties committing to service in 2010, around 120 new subscriptions within Phase 1 are needed to make the $3.85 million cost financially feasible. We anticipate obtaining funding from USDA Rural Development for this phase. The deadline for all subscriptions is half of the tap fee to be collected by late April of 2015 and 2nd half will need to be collected by mid August of 2015. There could be a significant increase in fees for signing up after the August deadline, and great fee benefits in signing up before the deadline! Are You on Tap?

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Yes,  Lake Durango Water Authority is building the pipeline at a cost of 2.8 million in exchange for use of our capacity in the intake structure and pipeline.

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Yes, the uses are municipal and industrial only. The final ALP Project was downsized and eliminated irrigation.

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As of 7/19/19 we have our survey results and will begin defining the next areas to expand into.  Beginning a new expansion area will depend on many things and so predicting when is not really possible.  Funding, engineering, getting subscribers committed, and cooperation on easements are just some of the things that take time.  Our goal is to move forward with new expansions as soon as it is possible.   In general the farther you are from an existing pipe of adequate size the longer it might take to get to you.   The number of subscribers between you and a pipe of the right size will be key in making it viable.  One of the best ways to help get enough subscribers is for YOU to do your own campaigning with your neighbors.

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The project was broken into phases primarily to achieve financial soundness for the project. Phasing, together with the agreement with LDWA to provide treated water, creates an estimated cost of about $3.85 million for the first phase of the project.

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No. One tap is limited to serving one home.  However, one tap may serve up to three residences, if all homes are under the same owner on the same parcel with the use of an accessory subscription.  Below are the two options for subscribing for service:

1) Primary subscription: Service for a single Dwelling Unit, a single Commercial Unit, or a single Multi Unit Dwelling. A Primary Subscription entitles a Subscriber to one (1) Service Connection to the La Plata West Water Authority water distribution system.

2) Accessory subscription: An accessory subscription is required for each additional dwelling unit, to provide service for up to two (2) additional Dwelling Units on the Parcel served by the Primary Subscription. An Accessory Subscription cannot be sold or transferred separate from the Primary Subscribership. If units served by an accessory subscribership are located on a parcel that is severed from the parcel for which a primary subscribership is held, the accessory subscribership must be upgraded to a Primary subscribership and have its own meter pit installed to service the severed parcel.

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Yes.  You may buy as many taps as you choose. Please keep in mind that a tap does NOT create a right to develop or subdivide; this is determined by the La Plata County Land Use Code.  The proposed land use for the Fort Lewis Mesa Planning District is 1 home per 35 acres or a 2 per 40 base density utilizing conservation cluster design. Recent proposed changes in County regulations may allow for 35 acre parcels to be split into two parcels, with a primary and accessory dwelling on each parcel.

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The LPWWA system will be supplied by water from the Animas-La Plata Project. The funds that LPWWA will receive from USDA for Phase 1 cover the costs to purchase the ALP water allocation.

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The boards Future Phases Committee is in the process of defining what might be the most logical next extensions to the system. They will be defining how this process will work. Future extension will be determined by interest in localized areas that are first adjacent to the current system.

If you have thoughts or ideas on what you think would be a good process or you have an area that you would like to become part of the system please contact us with your ideas by either calling ‭(970) 403-5790‬ or email at lpwwaboard@gmail.com or fill out contact form here.

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The LPWWA Board has temporarily suspended all new subscriptions until further notice.

With the completion of Phase 1 fast approaching, the Board decided during its 9/11/19 regular meeting to temporarily suspend all new subscriptions until further notice.  Please contact us if you are interested in a subscription as we are actively taking the contact information of potential new customers in an effort to coordinate future infill and extensions of the system.  While we are very excited to begin planning for future extension areas, we are just not able to accommodate new subscriptions at this time being in the latter stages of construction.

Please contact LPWWA at lpwwaboard@gmail.com or call ‭(970) 403-5790‬ with any questions regarding the temporary suspension of subscriptions or to have your contact information recorded for future infill and extensions.

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The boards Future Phases Committee is in the process of defining what might be the most logical next extensions to the system. They will be defining how this process will work. Future extension will be determined by interest in localized areas that are first adjacent to the current system.

If you have thoughts or ideas on what you think would be a good process or you have an area that you would like to become part of the system please contact us with your ideas by either calling ‭(970) 403-5790‬ or email at lpwwaboard@gmail.com or fill out contact form here.

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They are unknown at this time but as each new phase starts construction then we will work on the next phase price.

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The knowledge and experience gained during the design and construction confirm that the more property owners that commit to service early on in the process results in lower costs for everyone in a particular area. We already have some areas within Phase 1 where the capacity of existing pipelines has been fully utilized, which will mean that additional connections in these areas will require enlarging or duplicating existing pipelines that could have been designed for more capacity if the demand had been indicated during the design process.

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Wells

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For the first part of the question the answer is YES. You can use your well for non-domestic purposes as long as it is not connected in anyway to the LPWWA domestic system. See next part if you want them both connected together. 

For the second part of the question the answer is yes BUT you must maintain a backflow prevention system. Another words if you choose to maintain a connection to your current water source in addition to your LPWWA meter together in the same system, you must provide an acceptable method of backflow prevention at the point where the two systems connect to your point of service. LPWWA will need to arrange for an annual inspection of this equipment. Because this is accommodating your desire to maintain a connection to both systems, you will be billed annually for backflow inspections at the current rate for that service in the area. See specifications and requirements for backflow prevention here. If you do not have access to Internet, please contact us for hardcopies of any of the materials or refer to those provided when you subscribed.

For more information on the importance of backflow prevention and how it helps to protect our water system visit here.

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Per Colorado Division of Water Resource rules, future home builders or subdivisions in the service area will be required to connect to the LPWWA system or receive a Letter of Exemption from LPWWA in order to drill a well.

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