Subscriber Hookup Update

Dear La Plate West Water Subscriber:
Thank you for your patience as we near completion of the Project!

In or previous letter of October 2019 on page 2, second paragraph we stated: “Remember: Your contractor cannot actually connect to the system without contacting LPWWA first. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for your service line to be inspected and ultimately accepted by LPWWA. Thank you for your help in keeping our water system safe!”

The pressure testing, flushing and disinfecting of the pipelines has not been completed. There is no safe drinking water available to use. LPWWA must inspect your connection after you have been given permission to hook up. If you have already connected then your meter cannot be tested, the lines flushed or disinfected! Our contractor for the construction will disconnect your line from the meter in order to complete their required work and State Bacterial Testing (Bac-T’s). Please leave your line to your house disconnected from the meter’s pipeline. Your line should be capped. We are not ready for you to hook up until we have safe, reliable water to distribute. Please wait until LPWWA lets you know its good to hook-up. Then call to schedule an inspect of your connection & system. LPWWA needs to insure there are no back flow situations. (Don’t fill in the meter’s pit hole either.)

If you are one of the few to have already hooked-up to the meter’s pipeline prior to LPWWA giving you permission to do so, any costs to hook back to the meter are your responsibility. Please help keep our system safe! Please call us after you have received the notice that water is good to go to schedule your inspection. This is still a month or more away for some, no firm date yet.

(970) 403-5790

With Safe Water In Mind,
The Board of La Plata West Water Authority

Have you changed any of your contact information?
If so, please let us know.

Attention Current Subscribers:

Attention Current Subscribers: This is an exciting time, and you may begin to install your pipeline from your home! However, please DO NOT HOOK UP TO YOUR METERS! Please wait until LPWWA gives you approval to connect. We will inspect your connection as well. The construction contractor is still Testing, Flushing and Disinfecting the lines and the METERS. There is no water yet for consumption or use. The meters need to free from your line in order to test and clear the meter. We encourage you NOW engage your plumber to install your pipeline from your home to the meter pit. if you haven’t done so already. We will get in touch with you to schedule our inspection and let you know when it’s okay to hook-up.

Yours respectfully,

BOARD BREIFS – March 11th & 25th

Until further notice we will be holding our board meetings via phone/internet conference meeting.

• Construction has started back up – placing meters and connecting final stages of the line installation.
• The tank at Blue Hill has been filled with line pressure testing to begin along with water quality testing.
• The board has been working hard with a hired consultant on our base monthly rate. We are looking at different angles to keep the rate as low as possible.
• We have started looking at our options as to the necessary personnel/staff that will be required that have the proper qualifications that go with a water utility system.
• The Future Phase committee has been meeting on a regular basis to determine the future expansion of our water system.


Construction is on hold due to weather right now, but construction meetings continue to be held during this time.  Approximately 1/3rd of the the meters in Phase 1 have been set, and the pipeline is all in place.

The 2020 LPWWA annual budget was approved and will be submitted online with DOLA by the end of January.

City of Durango has installed a camera at the LPWWA Intake Structure building to allow views of the lake. This is now available for the public to view on YOUTUBE.COM by searching the City of Durango.

With a lot of year end and new year business there will be a special board meeting held on January 22nd to complete our January business.