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La Plata West Water Authority
Submitted by Administrator on September 1, 2016 - 12:53pm
09/14/2016 10:00 am
Please join us on Wednesday, September 14th at 10 am for the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the La Plata West Water Authority Raw Water Project. This project is a joint venture with La Plata West Water Authority, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Lake Durango Water Authority. The ceremony will take place at the Tribute Garden at Lake Nighthorse on County Road 210.
After years of planning, a key constituent to water security in southwest La Plata County is on its way. A 4.6-mile pipeline that will carry water from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango went to bid March 31, and construction is expected to start within a month. “That side of the county really needs help, and that’s what La Plata West is going to do,” said Mardi Gebhard
When a resident of the arid southwest corner of La Plata County once said he drove seven miles to a community spring for potable water, the response of water-issues pioneer Fred Kroeger was: “That’s closer than drilling (a well).” Kroeger’s dry humor pointed to reality – water in southwest La Plata County is scarce, wells are unreliable and potable water is o
The welcome monsoon rains have more than settled the dust, but they’ve done little for Lake Durango water customers. The estimated 1,200 Lake Durango Water Authority customers are under Stage 3 restrictions, which means no outside watering, Tom Brossia reported at a meeting of the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District last week.
The effort to bring fresh drinking water for the first time to faucets in this parched section of La Plata County requires prompt action, community members were told Wednesday night. The project calls for treating water from the Animas-La Plata Project and distributing it through a pipeline network to be built in phases. But hefty upfront tap fees of $15,000 are needed to fund construction.
Members of the Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District board want to take a new look at how 700 acre-feet of water from the Animas-La Plata Project is used. The district acquired 2,600 acre-feet of water when the A-LP, as it’s known, was created. The majority, 1,900 acre-feet, was for the city of Durango, with the remaining 700 acre-feet earmarked for an unspecified future need.
In May the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) approved a grant-loan package for the Lake Durango Water Authority.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board has approved a grant-loan package that allows two La Plata County water agencies to move ahead with their plans. The Lake Durango Water Authority will get water it needs to meet demands of customers in the mountains along U.S. Highway 160 west of Durango.
Two board members of the La Plata West Water Authority are buoyed by the initial response to a plan to bring drinking water to the arid west side of La Plata County. The 640 commitments gathered in a month - each backed by a deposit of $500 - are encouraging, Mae Morley and Gene Bradley said last week in separate interviews.
Will a combination of Animas-La-Plata Project water and federal stimulus money bring drinkable water to western La Plata County after decades of disappointment?