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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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 9:00 A.M., at 57 Baca Grant Way South.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 20, 2016 @ 9:00 A.M.

If you would like to receive a copy of the agenda before the meeting please submit your request to info@bacawater.com.

2016 Special District Election - Cancelled


§1-13.5-513(6), 32-1-104, 1-11-103(3) C.R.S.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District, Saguache County, Colorado, that at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election, there were not more candidates for director than offices to be filled, including candidates filing affidavits of intent to be write-in candidates; therefore, the election to be held on May 3, 2016 is hereby canceled pursuant to section 1-13.5-513(6) C.R.S.

The following candidates are hereby declared elected:

JoAnn Slivka
(Designated Election Official)
Contact Person for the District: JoAnn Slivka
Telephone Number of the District: 719-256-4310
Address of the District: 57 Baca Grant Way S - PO Box 520
District Facsimile Number: 719-256-4309

District Email: info@bacawater.com

Posted Notice of Cancellation and Certified Statement of Results

2016 Mill Levy Increase

The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District received questions and concerns regarding the Board of Directors' decision to increase the mill levy; specifically about the legality of that decision.
Click to read our attorney's response to the issues raised.

What’s Up?  Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District Update

BGWSD Awarded Large Grant for Aspen Wastewater Plant Improvements
By Cindy Reinhardt, President, BGWSD Board of Directors

The Baca Water & Sanitation District (BGWSD) has been awarded a Small Communities Grant in the amount of $426,150 for its Flow Equalization Basin Project at the Aspen Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Implementation of the overall project was initiated with a funding application to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment – Small Communities Water and Wastewater Grant on November 16, 2015.  The grant is one of 32 small community water and wastewater systems awarded grant monies by CDPHE. These grants range in size from $15,000 to $850,000 so the District’s is one of the larger grants awarded.

The project includes the construction of a new headworks (HW) building and a flow equalization basin (FEB) immediately south of the existing WWTP.  The proposed headworks will include a mechanical screen, a grit removal unit, and a by-pass channel with a manual screen.  The proposed equalization basin will have an effective capacity of approximately 20,000 gallons and be constructed with three submersible pumps and yard piping to convey sewage through the existing influent flow meter and into the sequencing batch reactor (SBR) anaerobic tankage.  Construction of the improvements will remove the coarse solids and inert materials from the incoming wastewater and will dampen the effects of peak hourly flows to the WWTP by preventing the SBR from operating in a short cycle setting.

According to Justin DeBon, District Operations Manager, this project is important to the operators because of the mechanical screen and grit removal. Currently there is no way to mechanically remove the trash and debris that makes its way into the system.  The material gets pumped into the treatment plant, and every six months needs to be removed.  This is done by hand by raking and shoveling the trash and debris into our Vactor vacuum truck. “It is a very dirty and hazardous job that will not be missed, and it will free our operations team to undertake other important repair and preventive maintenance projects.”

DeBon cited other benefits of the project. “With so many manholes and mostly dirt roads in the Baca, we get a lot of sand and gravel in our sewer mains. When the sand is pumped into and through the treatment plant it creates extra wear and tear on the pumps and the sand eventually settles at the bottom of the treatment plant basins and lowers the overall capacity of the plant.”

Board President Cindy Reinhardt cited the availability of bond funds to fund a portion of the project and the team effort of District staff in coordination with District Engineer Brad Simons of TZA Water Engineers and District Manager Lisa Johnson of SDMS in the success of this application.  “The knowledge of our operations team about local needs coupled with our consultants’ awareness of various grant programs and their ability to successfully navigate the grant application process is a huge benefit for the District,” she said.  “The District will continue to aggressively seek funding for the many improvements that our water and sanitary sewer systems need.”

According to Engineer Simons, planning, design and permitting of the improvements will occur in 2016.  Bidding and construction will occur in 2017.

In Other District News …

In reviewing last year's accomplishments, the District’s operations team reports that as a result of increased leak detection and leak repair operations, the District:

As the Eagle goes to press, the deadline for filing to run for one of three available Board of Directors positions is passed.  And, as of this writing, four candidates have submitted their applications. Stay tuned to your April Eagle for an update and details on the election process.

2016 Budget pdf

This is the budget adopted by the Board of Directors at their November 20, 2015 Board Meeting.

Please visit the Financial page to view more information.

Use of District Water for Marijuana Use

Resolution 2015-09-01 Implementing a Policy Regarding Water Usage for the Cultivation of Marijuana

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

2016 Transparency Notice Adobe PDF

Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District Rules & Regulations Adobe PDF