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.

Celebration of Phase 0 Raw Water Project

On July 25, 2018, La Plata West Water Authority proudly held the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to commensurate completion of the Phase 0 Raw Water Project. The ceremony was held at the Booster Pump Station located on County Road 210, at the entrance to the access road for the raw water intake structure at Lake Nighthorse. The event was attended by 32 guests all celebrating their efforts in making the project possible and come to fruition. Members of the LPWWA Board, Roy Horvath and Mardi Gebhardt, thanked everyone and provided pertinent information of the project.

PR Release for 6-13-18 LPWWA Board Meeting

• At the recent meeting of the Board of Directors for the La Plata West Water Authority, there was JOY within the committee when announced that the Phase I construction loan was opened on June 14th, this is the beginning of our waterline to Southwest La Plata County.
• The PR Committee is currently looking for an official name for the Intake Structure location at Lake Nighthorse, something that could indicate additional names that would show the different phases as the project grows.
• Meetings with the fire department, sheriff’s department and the Durango police department have taken place to insure that security is covered at the intake structure along with the security cameras we have in place at Lake Nighthorse.
• A new committee has been formed to look at a manager and/or bookkeeper for LPWWA waterline project to determine which direction this position should take along with a job description. This committee will report back in July.
• LPWWA is always in need of help and input for our future phases. Please contact one of the board members here if you can help!