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If you would like to provide feedback on anything on this site please contact one of the board members under Contacts.  

It should be understood that dates, times and other information on this site may change do to the constant changing nature of this project.  See website Disclaimer.

11/21/15 - See the latest Board information below

Happy Thanksgiving!

As gentle reminder Phase 1 second half payment is due by December 31. Invoices will be send out shortly to those who still have account balances. 

LPWWA is now accepting bids on Phase 0.  Bid opening is slated for Dec 10th.

Animas La Plata Water Conservation District (ALPWCD) approved $25,000 for LPWWA’s pre-construction costs for 2016 & 2017.  CWCB approved a matching $25,000.  The support of these groups are greatly appreciated.

Ken Spence was appointed to the LPWWA Board by ALPWCD at the 11/17/15 board meeting. Ken has been maintaining the LPWWA.org website for the last 2 years and attended most meeting of the board during that time.  Click here for BIO.

LPWWA received approval for $500,000, from Colorado Water Conservation Board  (CWCB) which will allow the Phase 0 (Raw Water) pipe to be increased from 8” to 16”.  A very appreciated grant from CWCB.

11/14/15 - New Flash

 Cultural walking survey within Phase 1 to start Monday, Nov 16th weather permitting (no snow on the ground).

11/13/15 -Phase 0 (Raw Water Project) and Phase 1 Update Information

We are so excited to share with you that water is coming our way! Phase 0, the raw water project that will bring water from the intake structure at Lake Nighthorse to the water treatment facility at Lake Durango, is making headway. The final construction documents were issued earlier this month and the project was advertised for construction bidding last week. Response to our pre-bid meeting this week was very encouraging and well-attended. Bids are due back in a few weeks and we are excited to give the notice to proceed to the successful contractor in December.

With progress on Phase 0 moving ahead, we have been diligently working on the development of Phase 1. Our efforts to gain community support and participation this year has benefited all of you who signed on as Water Users for Phase 1. There currently are 140 Water Users that signed agreements during our campaign over the last couple of months.

FOR FULL DETAILS PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL LETTER SENT TO THOSE WITH EMAIL ADDRESSES.  If you didn't get the email then send your email address to lpwwaboard@gmail.com.

10/20/15 -Minutes updated

Minutes on the website have been updated through 9/23/15.

9/10/15 - 
YOU’RE ON TAP Incentive Program!!!

                               Get a Bonus, Boost the System and Don’t let this offer float by…


YOU’RE ON TAP! Thank you! Now LPWWA has a deal for you. Fill in the ‘gaps’ and get your family/friend and/or neighbor on tap also and earn a $250 credit along with them!  It’s easy, no limit to the sign- ups, but they need to be located in Phase One.



Save the date, LPWWA will be hosting an event at the Breen Community Building beginning at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 3. We’ll start with an open house at 3:00 PM, with a meal being served from 5:30 to 7:00 and a dance starting about 7:30 PM. Come one, come all – Bring your neighbors and come join us!

7/23/15 Exciting Announcement

The La Plata West Water Authority is pleased to announce that a pivotal milestone has been reached in the long struggle to bring domestic water to the western La Plata County.  June 30th was the deadline for LPWWA to receive Water User Agreements and partial payment for Phase 1 of the LPWWA Delivery System.  This was a critical milestone because the number of resident’s that signed up defined the basis for the construction of Phase 1 of the project. Based on initial review and analysis, LPWWA has been advised by its engineers that enough sign-ups have been received for the project to be financially feasible.  Currently, over 130 subscriptions have been received. As the initial Phase is finalized work will continue with surveys for environmental assessment reports, easement acquisition, etc. Based on the current schedule construction could begin during the summer of 2016. The outcome will be water flowing through pipelines and being delivered to residents of western La Plata County as early as the fall of 2016.  This is the culmination of decades of planning, community partnerships and countless hours of volunteer time to reach a goal that has been the dream of so many for so long.   

La Plata West Water Authority Board of Directors has made a decision to extend the original Phase 1 area in several places. This measure could improve project finances while delivering domestic water to more users in the first phase.  Extensions of  Phase 1 include areas south and west of Kline, property owners along CR 134 south of Hwy 140, along with property owners in and immediately adjacent to the platted town site of Marvel and extending west on CR 100 to the Church Hollow area. These property owners will be contacted within the next two weeks regarding public meetings to be held at the Marvel Grange Hall. The meetings are scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 6:30-8:00 PM and Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for questions and sign-ups. 

Another major milestone for LPWWA will be the construction of the raw water pipeline from Lake Nighthorse which is scheduled for construction beginning in the fall of 2015.  This project component will be completed in partnership with the Lake Durango Water Authority, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and will construct a pipeline from the LPWWA intake structure to Lake Durango. This partnership will make it possible to supply water to all projected phases of the LPWWA system, current and new customers in the LDWA service area and future Tribal needs.  

For further information, see our web site at www.lpwwa.org or call (970)-749-1949


The next regular LPWWA Board meeting will be Dec. 2, 2015 at 6:30 at Fort Lewis Mesa School.  Future meetings will be Dec. 16 2015 also at 6:30 PM at Fort Lewis Mesa School. 

WEBSITE UPDATES - Click here to see current timelines below which are updated on an ongoing basis

Take a look at the new Menu Items.  Current New, Phase 1, and Calendar.

We’ve recently finalized a number of important documents and policies that define various services options and costs for the initial phase of the water distribution system. Key among those documents to help you get a better understanding of your choices and costs are:
  1.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)   Download
  2.  Rules & Regulations                Download
  3.  Water User Agreement           Download
  4.  Easement Form                 Download
  5.  Transfer and Refund Policy    Download  (for those with 2010 commitments)

Arrange a Neighborhood meeting.

If you'd like more information or would like to arrange for a neighborhood meeting, please contact one of the LPWWA Board members listed under Contacts

Timelines/Schedules - Some Dates have been changed for all Phases on this page.

Tentative Long Term Timeline
Project Phase Start Planning Start Construction
 Raw Water Progressing 12/15
 Phase 1 Progressing End 2016
 Phase 2 1/16 5/17
 Phase 3 1/17 5/18
 Phase 4 1/18 5/19 

For more information on a Phase click on the phase Title.

Raw Water To Treatment Plant Pipeline
Phase Steps Start Date Date Completed
Conceptual  Design Phase Progressing  9/3/14
Geotechnical Contracting Progressing  8/14/14
Easement Acquisition Progressing  Done
Preliminary Design Progressing  Done
Final Design Progressing  
Bidding 11/15  
Construction 1/16  

Domestic Water Phase 1
Phase Steps Start Date Date Completed
Walking Survey Permission Now - ASAP  Almost Done
Preliminary Design Progressing  
Project Funding Activities Progressing  
Easement Acquisition Progressing  
Collect Half the Tap Fee Now - 6/30/15  Done
Collect Remaining Half Tap Fee 7/1/15 -12/31/15  
Final Design 7/16  
Bidding Late Summer 2016  
Construction End 2016  
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