Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District’s (BGWSD) mission is to provide high quality, reliable, water supply and environmentally responsible treatment of wastewater with a commitment to service excellence for the well-being of the community in the most efficient and economical manner.

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Please note that the District office will be closed 12:30-1:30 daily for lunch.

BGWSD Board Meetings

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District, are typically held on the third Friday of each month, at 8:00 a.m., at 57 Baca Grant Way South. The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Pump failures cause short-term water crisis in the Baca

Over the last 14 weeks, the Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District experienced three pump and electrical component failures of its two booster pumps and a backup pump that is kept on hand for emergencies. These pumps take water from our two wells 500 feet up the mountain to one of six storage facilities that are part of the water distribution system serving the Chalets.

At 1:30 am on July 19, the weekend operator on duty, Justin Debon, received an alarm warning of the third failure, and he confirmed this upon arriving at the site shortly thereafter. District operations staff began repairs early Saturday morning and worked around the clock with contractors and consultants to solve the immediate problem.

As a result of the third pump failure, the District lost its ability to pump water into the water distribution system. Water levels in the all of the storage facilities began to drop.

Emergency water conservation measures were implemented on July 20, 2014, asking the community to limit water use. Notices were posted and big signs put up at the entrance to the Baca asking people to be very frugal with water use. People were asked not to water yards, do laundry or bathe and to conserve water as much as possible, using water only for drinking, cooking and limited toilet flushing. General Manager Steven Harrell expressed the District’s appreciation to community members who stepped up to help with this challenge and noted “it’s a good reminder for all of us to be more conservation minded.”

As of 11pm July 20, one of the two pumps was back in operation, restoring a limited flow of water into the system. The second repaired pump was installed late in the evening July 21. Overnight water storage levels were restored and at 7:30am on July 22, all emergency restricts were lifted.

Throughout the event, an operator was on site monitoring the system 24/7. District staff, contractors and consultants have been worked diligently to get this critical part of the system back in full operation. Close monitoring and work toward identifying the cause of these failures will continue.

Board President Cindy Reinhardt spoke the sentiments of the entire board thanking the staff, consultants and community: “I am grateful beyond measure for our staff and the contractors and consultants who serve this District every day to keep our water flowing. Thank you and kudos to the weary team that navigated the District through this emergency tirelessly over these past four days to get the system back in full operation.” She added, “thanks as well to the community for stepping up and taking this situation seriously. I hope that we’ll all take the conservation measures that we each implemented forward and be more mindful each time we turn on the tap.”

Availability of Service Statements

The second half of the annual billing for the Availability of Service (“AOS”) fees has gone out to all vacant land owners that have availability of service. The annual AOS fee is $140 per year, per lot. The fees are charged semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1, 2014 and the second payment being due on September 1, 2014. The semi-annual due dates were put in place to allow customers the flexibility to pay the annual amount in two installments.

The District has 65 miles of distribution system and 45 miles of collection system lines designed to provide 2360 lots water and sewer service. Regardless of each lot owner’s decision to connect to the system, the capital infrastructure provides a benefit through its availability to the lot and lot values are enhanced as a result of this availability. The AOS fee is specifically used to repay debt incurred for capital infrastructure which has been financed by the District. Although customers paying the AOS fee are not connected to the capital infrastructure, the cost of the capital infrastructure must be appropriately distributed among those who are connected and receiving service, and those who are receiving the benefit of the availability to receive water and sewer service.

June Board Meeting Update

New Officers and 2013 Audit Highlight May Board Meeting
By BGWSD Board of Directors

With the election completed, the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation Board turned to the election of officers for 2014-2015.  Outgoing President, Vicki Matthews, was named Board Secretary. Martin Macaulay continues as Vice President.  Cindy Reinhardt was elected to serve as Board President; Michael Scully, Treasurer; and Kyle Grote, Assistant Secretary.

Independent Auditor, Eric Barnes of Wagner Barnes & Griggs, PC reviewed his draft findings for the 2013 audit with the Board.  In bottom-lining his findings, Barnes said that he is issuing a “clean” audit, quoting the draft report, he said “In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, and each major fund of the District, as of December 31, 2013, and the respective changes in financial position and, where applicable, cash flows thereof and the budgetary comparison for the general fund for the year then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.” 

Barnes noted that the District’s revenue from services (water, sewer, and AOS fees) does not cover the cost of providing these services, a concern that the Board looks at as a part of each budget cycle.  According to District Manager, AJ Beckman, this is not unusual in small rural districts. Property taxes are the primary additional revenue source, and they spread the cost among all property owners.
In other business, the Board approved an agreement with Shumei International Institute granting Shumei a variance from water and sewer service on a 187 acre parcel.  Shumei’s present plans include construction of three cabins and a garden. With the variance, the garden will be watered with non-treated water.  In return, Shumei formalized its agreement to pay an annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) on its main campus property as well as on the 187 acre parcel.  Board President Reinhardt noted that “the Board and Shumei worked hard to create an agreement that is good for the District in terms of Shumei’s commitment to the annual PILOT and for Shumei in terms of honoring their commitment to natural agriculture.  It was truly a collaborative effort.”

The Board also approved a sewer main replacement project on Alpine Overlook and heard updates on projects including the 2014 Biosolids Land Application Project and the status of the Water Distribution System Improvements Project which will go out for bids in June.

The June Board meeting will be held on Friday, June 20 at 8am, at the District Office, 57 Baca Grant Way South.  And, as always, visit the District’s website www.bacawater.com for more District information.

2014 Consumer Confidence Report (for Calendar Year 2013)

The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is pleased to present this year's water quality report.

2014 CCR

2014 Transparency Notice Adobe PDF
2014 Adopted Budget Adobe PDF

Rate Increase

There will be a $2.00 increase each for water and sewer services. Beginning January 1, 2014, the base rate for 4000 gallons of water will be $25.00, plus sewer at $25.00.

The annual Availability of Service (AOS) charge will see a $10.00 increase. The annual AOS fee will now be $140.00 billed out in two parts, the first billing of $70 will be due March 1, with the remaining $70 due September 1. The AOS fee is only assessed on unimproved property that has water and sewer service lines running within 100 feet of the property.

Corrosion Control Study

The 2012 Corrosion Control Study for the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is now available for download. You will need Acrobat Reader to download this file.Adobe PDF

Corrosion Control Study
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Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District Rules & Regulations Adobe PDF

2014 Resolution Amending Rules and Regulations (2012 Issue)
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