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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

6/30/17 – Board Available to Sign you up or answer questions July 8, 2017

On July 8, 2017 form 9:30 am – 4:00 pm the LPWWA Board will be available at the Breen Community building to help anyone to signup or to answer any question anyone might have in the LPWWA district.  This is a come and go at your convenience event.  We hope to see you there so everyone is up-to-date with the facts of the project.  If you can’t make this event then please call any board member to answer any of you questions or help get you signed up.

6/29/17 – Don’t have enough money for subscription fee but want to sign up? We can help.

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.

Call (970) 403-5790 for more details.  Deadline to use this is July 10, 2017

6/27/17 – Estimated Monthly Base Rate gone down

The board now thinks the estimated Monthly Base Rate will be $119 ($15 reduction) and the estimated Water Rate to be $7.50 ( $1 increase).  A household using 3,000 Gal/month would then cost about $142.

6/15/17 – Water Dock

The board voted to table the water dock issue in Phase 1 but we will consider it in future phases.

6/9/17 – 16″ pipe being installed North of CR 210

The road bore has been completed across CR 210 and 16” pipe is being installed on the south side of the gas line right-of-way north of CR 210 heading west.

6/7/17 – Facts to Consider regarding Phase 1

This chart will show how additional subscribers will bring down cost.
Click on chart to enlarge.

Having water delivered to you via delivery service is more expensive than the water system would be.

Hauling water could be close to the same cost as the Monthly payments.  Ken Spence (Board Member) would spend about the same as Monthly payments if he had to haul from Durango which was the case last year, provided the City of Durango rates stay the same.

The value of your house would probably increase by at least the amount of the subscription fee.

6/4/17 – How to help sign up new subscribers

If you would like to help sign up additional subscribers please click here for maps to help find those that might be your neighbor that has not signed up yet along with other information.

4/24/17 – 30″ Pipe Being Installed

The following pictures show 30″ pipe form Lake Nighthorse to CR 210 being installed.  If you have driven CR 210 lately you will notice that things are starting to happen on the north side of the road.  Good progress is being made.

4/21/17 – Phase 1 USDA Funding update

La Plata West Water Authority (LPWWA) is pleased to announce the commitment of a long term loan and grant funding from USDA Rural Development for the Phase 1 portion of the water project.  The letter of conditions defining the terms of the funding includes a list of requirements to be completed within 6 months, and prior to bidding of the project.  This phase will bring water to subscribers who have already submitted subscription fees, with the ability for additional signups to occur, which will help lower monthly costs for everyone on the system. For updates keep visiting our website at, facebook or contact us at 970-403-5790

4-19-17 – New Board Meeting Location

LPWWA Board meetings will be held at the FLMFPD Hesperus Fire Station 22868 Hwy 140, Hesperus.

3/13/17 – USDA News for Phase 1

We will be hearing from USDA by the end of the month on how much loan vs Grant we will receive.  After looking at those numbers we will be able to start finishing up what needs to done in order to go to bid for Phase 1.

3/13/17 – Eagles NOT keeping rest of project from progressing

Just want to make sure everyone is clear that the Bald Eagles are NOT causing  any delay in the project as a whole.  Work is being done on the section from Lake Nighthorse to CR 210 and will continue.  The Eagles only affect a short section near Lake Durango and it can be dealt with having no real effect on Phase 0.

3/9/17 – Construction Resumes and Eagles in Construction Zone

Winter weather has slowed the work on the Raw Water Construction Project but clear skies and warmer weather are drying up the mud and work resumed on the 210 pipeline at the end of Feb.  Work will soon begin on the 125 pipeline which means the public will see even more activity that visible now.  The Raw Water Construction Project is on schedule and should be completed in the fall of 2017.

Pictures below show work on 8″ pipe near Lake Durango.  ONLY this part of the project has been stopped due to 1 Male and 2 Female Bald Eagles occupying a nest that had been abandoned for the last couple years.  Construction can’t occur within  1/2 mile radius of the nest.  We may not get back to work in this area until after the nest is vacated by the eaglets if in fact there are eaglets.  The following is a quote from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the disturbance of bald eagles.

“Disturb” means: “to agitate or bother a bald or golden eagle to a degree that causes, or is likely to cause, based on the best scientific information available, 1) injury to an eagle, 2) a decrease in its productivity, by substantially interfering with normal breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior, or 3) nest abandonment, by substantially interfering with normal breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior.”

Eagles shown are not the actual eagles but were taken at Pastorous Lake by Dan Bender just a few days ago.

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.

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.