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.
We will be closed on the following days during the Holiday season:
Thursday and Friday, December 25 & 26, 2014
Thursday and Friday, January 1 & 2, 2015
If you have a water or sanitation emergency please call 719-256-4310.
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, January 23, 2015 at 8:00 A.M.
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
2014 Distribution System Improvements
The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District retained an independent contractor to work on a series of projects intended to reduce potable water losses from the District’s distribution system. The overall effort included the installation of three pressure reducing valve (PRV) vaults and over 500 feet of new pipe in six locations at the southern end of the District.
The 2014 Distribution System Improvements project has been successfully completed.
BGWSD Board Reviews Accomplishments and Begins 2015 PlanningBy Judy Deluca & Cindy Reinhardt, Directors
The Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District Board, along with management staff and consultants, held a day-long special meeting on October 8 to review the District’s 2014 accomplishments and begin work on plans and budget for 2015.
This year, the District has completed its annual fire hydrant maintenance program and sewer collection system cleaning along with routine system maintenance and dealt with a major failure of pump motors at the main well complex in July. Upon touring the District’s facilities and learning more about the systems and regulatory requirements to keep taps flowing, the Board’s newest member, Judy Deluca, declared “It’s a daunting task.”
It’s costly too. And, like other expenses, those costs are rising. The Board learned that the cost of chemicals to treat wastewater at the Aspen treatment plant doubled in 2014. These and other rising costs along with debt service and reserve requirements, plus another decline in property values, are key factors that will drive the 2015 budget.
Recognizing that 2015 is a critical year for the District to address long term financial health as well as deferred maintenance needs, District Manager, Lisa Johnson presented scenarios for controlling costs. These include reducing both operating costs and consultant fees, with more responsibility being shifted to the local staff and streamlining meetings. “My primary responsibility is the District’s financial health, and a part of that health means reducing my fees and supporting the local staff to be confident in taking on more responsibility,” she said.
As a part of the budget workshop, the team reviewed revenue projections, including increasing water and sewer service fees as well as the mill levy. “These are not easy or popular choices,” said Board President Cindy Reinhardt, “but the District’s financial health requires it. We have an aging, geographically spread out system with a limited customer and taxpayer base to share in the costs. That is the balancing act that we must engage in, and always, our ability to provide service now and in the future, must be our priority.”
Continuing to seek grant funding and reaching out to tax exempt organizations to secure agreements for Payments In Lieu of Taxes are also being considered for the coming year.
With several capital projects completed or nearing completion this year, the Board began to look ahead to 2015 capital projects. With infrastructure needs far exceeding the approximate $1 million dollars in bond funds and grants currently available, priorities will be reviewed as a part of the budget process.
We encourage District residents to attend the regular meeting and budget hearing on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00am at the District office, 57 Baca Grant Way South. A draft budget will be available on the District’s web site (www.bacawater.com) prior to the meeting.
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 Transparency Notice
2014 Adopted Budget
Please note that the District office will be closed 12:30-1:30 daily for lunch.