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La Plata West Water Authority
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?
The often-dashed hopes for a drinking-water system in the parched western portion of La Plata County are again being raised. But this time, planners don't intend to blanket the area but configure a service area to fit demand, Roy Horvath, president of the La Plata West Water Authority, said Wednesday. “We don't want to exclude anyone," Horvath said.
The La Plata West Water Authority (LPWWA) is starting to unveil a plan to the public to provide drinking water to the dry western side of La Plata County. At build-out in 20 to 40 years, the system would have 35 million gallons of water a day available for an estimated 8,100 taps. Thus far, a $5.7 million intake structure has been built on Lake Nighthorse.
The foundation has been laid to provide drinking water to the dry western side of La Plata County, but the building blocks needed to complete the system are many, varied and expensive. A couple of dozen skeptical Dryside residents heard the assessment Tuesday evening from La Plata West Water Authority board members Roy Horvath, Tom Brossia, Mae Morley and Kirk Peine.