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.
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 21, 2015 at 8:00 A.M.
2015 Consumer Confidence Report
The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is pleased to present this year's water quality report.
2015 Drinking Water Quality Report for Calendar Year 2014
From The Water Tank, Part Three: A Day in the Life of The Baca Water TeamBy Judy DeLuca, Board Member, with:
JoAnn Slivka (Administrative Services Manager), Sandy Skibinski (Billing Specialist), Justin DeBon (Operations Manager), Chad Tate (Operator), William Welty and Latasha Ruiz(Operators in Training)
I arrived at the Baca Water and Sanitation office at 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning to share in the daily team meeting and then to learn how these workers spend their days serving the customers of the District. At the meeting, JoAnn and Justin lead the group in reporting action items completed or in process from the preceding day and discuss what is to be done currently. Then it’s off to work!
The repair of three manholes in the Cottonwood Creek vicinity of Virtue Way was the major project for this week and I accompanied Justin and Latasha to the second repair. These three manholes had been taking on ground water, thereby causing increased volume of water going into the Aspen Treatment facility adding pressure and expense to its operation. Justin, nationally certified to operate heavy equipment, worked atop the large excavator to dig a hole around the manhole and unearth the concrete structure to a depth of approximately eight feet. I was amazed at the precision with which the machine could clear earth and rock close to and around critical pipes. Then Justin and Latasha cleaned the structure, identified areas of corrosion and/or breaches, wrapped joints with special waterproofing compound, added concrete to reinforce pipes and finally refilled the hole. This same process was followed for the other two manholes, utilizing the entire four operators at this most complex site. Doing this project in house should result in considerable savings to the District.
Chad shared the monthly meter reading process with me. What once took a drive of 100 miles and over 2 days to accomplish is now dependent on technology and requires 1-2 hours and a short drive (5-10 miles). Data from each household’s water meter is stored in a unit (MXU) at the lot line and travels via radio waves to a specialized laptop computer carried by the operator. Subsequently, the data is transferred to a software program which converts it to information which determines usage and billing.
I learned that the operators in training are following the experienced team members to learn the varied functions involved with the distribution of clean water and waste water treatment. As they pick up knowledge in the field, they are also studying in order to seek certifications needed to perform independently. Will, who has past experience with engines, has been assigned to perform routine maintenance on all of the District’s vehicles, again an in house source of savings.
When not working on special projects, the field team checks and maintains the facilities, performs lab testing and monitoring, prepares reports for the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, the US Fish and Wildlife and other regulatory agencies.
On Wednesday I interviewed JoAnn and Sandy, the Administrative team who serve customers, consultants, vendors and the field team, maintaining order from the office to beyond.
JoAnn, as the Admin. Services Manager, works closely with Justin and the Consultant group, SDMS, Inc. to track projects, discuss contracts and local needs. With Justin, she processes invoices and issues payments and check requests.
On the Human Resources function, she handles areas such as employee relations, payroll and benefits.
All financial information from the local systems is sent via computer to the District Accountant. Presently, JoAnn is researching, with Sandy, alternative payment methods for the water/san. customers, looking at on line options and improving the format of the bills.
Sandy, who serves as the Receptionist and Billing Specialist, fields numerous calls from customers regarding payment and service requests such as property transfers, water hook ups and lot consolidations. She prepares and sends monthly bills to approximately 667 users and follows up on delinquent accounts. Twice each year 1,700 bills go out to owners of vacant lots who are charged for the availability of service associated with those properties. Sandy tracks all of these accounts, coordinating with the county regarding property transfers, bad addresses, etc. Presently, she is studying the meter reports to determine possible incorrect data and working to put these reports into a comprehensive data base.
While it is not possible to tell the entire story of this team’s efforts, I hope that we in the community can appreciate all that they do.
Availability of Service Statements
Availability of Service or "AOS" fees are charged on unimproved property if the property has infrastructure for water and sewer service within 100 feet of the property.
What is an "AOS" Fee?
Beginning January 1 2015, the District will charge the annual AOS fee in the amount of $150 per year, per lot. The fees will be due semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1 and the second payment being due on September 1. You can of course pay the full amount of $150 by March 1.
The first 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 fees are charged semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1, 2015 and the second payment being due on September 1, 2015. 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.
Resolution No. 2014-11-06
THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BACA GRANDE WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT
CONCERNING THE IMPOSTITION OF VARIOUS FEES, RATES, TOLLS, PENALTIES AND CHARGES FOR WATER AND SEWER SERVICES AND FACILITIES
2015 Transparency Notice
2014 Adopted Budget