La Plata-Archuleta Water District

Bayfield's water treatment plant will get a major expansion in the next few months, but the town won't be paying for it, the La Plata-Archuleta Water District (LAPLAWD) will. LAPLAWD is also a partner in the Water Information Program. Town trustees approved the low bid of $7.1 million from Integrated Water Services on May 5, and the LAPLAWD board approved it on May 14. The rural water district serves customers with water treated in the Bayfield plant through a joint agreement signed in 2012. The 1 million gallons per day water plant expansion paid for by LAPLAWD is part of that agreement.

LAPLAWD will be the owner's representative on the construction of the expansion, but the town will continue to own and operate the plant. Current plant capacity is 1.5 million gpd. The 1 million gpd of new capacity will be split, with three-quarters to LAPLAWD and one quarter to the town. So out of the new 2.5 million gpd capacity, the town will get 1.75 million and the district .75 million gpd. According to the 2012 agreement, LAPLAWD pays a share of operating costs based on the amount of water it uses each month.