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NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING
The next regulary LPWWA Board meeting will be April 16, 2014 at 6:30 at Fort Lewis Mesa School. Future meetings will be May 7, 2014, May 21, 2014, June 4, 2014 and June 18, 2014 also at 6:30 at Fort Lewis Mesa School.
Additional information will be available from Board members at the Home & Ranch Show At the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, Space 105, from 10 a.m. to 5: p.m, Saturday, April 26, 2014 and from 10 am to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014.
General Update Information
Based on the lack of funding in an amount adequate for the entire project from USDA programs, LPWWA is continuing to work with the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund through the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority and the Department of local affairs to obtain potential funding. Negotiaions are also continuing toward the development of agreements with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Lake Durango Water Authority for pertinent initial aspects and components of the project that would involve or affect these entities.
The LPWWA continues to work toward completion of the funding application for USDA funding that involves a significant compilation of pertinent environmental, engineering and archeological information, in addition to other USDA requirements. Initial information has been submitted to various agencies for review, which is likely to require several months to complete before the application can be considered finalized and ready to submit to the USDA. An update letter was sent via US Mail to all holders of tap commitments. Click here to view that letter or click here to view a map showing pipeline locations included in preliminary engineering proposal.
The LPWWA has made significant accomplishments towards the goal of building a rural domestic water supply system for western La Plata County. LPWWA is working towards completion of an application to the USDA to finance the project. As an initial step in this process, LPWWA has collected 660 tap commitments from property owners in the potential service area. LPWWA is now working on engineering and environmental review in order to assess the feasibility of the system and complete the USDA application. For a full update, please see the May 2010 Press Release.
The La Plata West Water Authority has overseen the construction of an intake structure in Lake Nighthorse (the Animas La Plata reservoir). The intake structure is the first phase of a rural water project that will some day provide treated domestic water to several entities that may include the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, southwestern La Plata County and users in the La Plata River Basin in New Mexico.
A series of public meetings has been completed presenting an overview of a phased project approach. Final costs will be determined by the LPWWA Board in the next 45-60 days regarding cost of service for property owners and easement information will be sent to appropriate proptery owners. The most current information available will also be made available to property owners in anticipation of the submission of funding requests later this fall for a phased implementation of a rural domestic water system for Western La Plata County.