Lake Durango Water Authority
667 South Lakeside Drive, Hesperus, CO
Charlie Smith, General Manager
The Lake Durango Water Authority was established in January 2008 by members La Plata County and Durango West 1 and Durango West 2 Metropolitan Districts for the purpose of purchasing and operating the Lake Durango Water Company system. The purchase was completed in July 2009 at which time the Authority took over operation of the system. Since the time of the purchase, the Authority has completed a Master Plan to guide the operation of the system; completed a Rate and Fee Study to equitably assess rates and tap fees; completed over $3,750,000 in capital improvements to the source water, treatment, distribution system; improved water quality and customer satisfaction. Capital improvements include the construction of a pipeline from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango and the purchase of up to 400 acre-feet of Animas La Plata project water. The pipeline was constructed with partners La Plata West Water Authority, Southern Ute and Mountain Ute Tribes. Construction of the pipeline ensured that the Authority will have an adequate water supply and not need to enforce water use restrictions in the future. The pipeline also resulted in La Plata County lifting a tap sale moratorium.
“Our goal is to provide reliable quality water to the 1435 current tap holders and to develop additional water resources to expand the service area.”
The Lake Durango Water Authority holds their Board of Director meetings the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:15 pm at the office located at 667 South Lakeside Drive, Hesperus, CO.
Board of Directors:
Ward Holmes, President – Durango West II Member
Jeff Wagner, Vice President – Retail Member
Tom Brossia, Treasurer- Retail Member
Mike Roussin, Secretary – Durango West I Member
Chuck Stevens, Director