Water Planning

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Monthly water rates will increase in order to pay for necessary upgrades to the current water treatment and water supply redundancy needs. Development fees will increase to pay for treatment expansion and water rights. These increases will ensure that development continues to bear the burden of new development's costs to our water system, while current water customers share the costs of maintenance and upgrades to ensure safe and consistent water service. The rates were approved by the Board of Trustees on April 12 and the increases will take effect for the June water bill. A run down of the changes

Monthly water rates will increase in order to pay for necessary upgrades to the current water treatment and water supply redundancy needs. Development fees will increase to pay for treatment expansion and water rights. These increases will ensure that development continues to bear the burden of new development's costs to our water system, while current water customers share the costs of maintenance and upgrades to ensure safe and consistent water service. The rates were approved by the Board of Trustees on April 12 and the increases will take effect for the June water bill. A run down of the changes to water bills is found here.

Water is life. We all love being around water and are so fortunate to live in such close proximity to the Arkansas River, Cottonwood Creek, and the myriad other source waters that bring the snow melt down off the majestic mountains all around us. Yet we cannot just stick a pump in the river and supply our homes and businesses with water! Water law dictates who can use how much water from where and when. The State of Colorado regulates clean drinking water standards that we need to meet (and exceed!) through water treatment. Pipes, pumps, tanks, and other infrastructure bring the accessible water we do have into our buildings.

However, Buena Vista is growing very quickly. This growth not only puts an immense strain on our current water infrastructure, but it also uses more and more of our available water.

This is both a challenge AND an opportunity! The challenge is that we must have water. We cannot ignore it and we must plan to ensure we have enough to keep our community safe and vibrant. The opportunity is that we all get to jump in together to re-affirm our community goals, values, and direction.

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  • Feb 22 - Board hears draft water rate study

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    On February 22nd, the Board of Trustees, in a work session, heard a presentation from Wright Water Engineers on the draft water rate study. This study is available in the documents section on the right of this page, as well as the presentation itself.

    The recording of the work session is available in the video library on the right of this page.

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  • Feb 8 - Board Considers Long-range water planning

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    On February 8th, in a work session, the Board of Trustees considered several questions and topics aimed at long-range water planning for the community. As it was a work session, no decisions were made, though direction was given to staff to investigate various options regarding establishing a reserve for our SFE 'bank' as well as options to tie development to water availability.

    Watch the full Board work session in the video library on the right of this page!


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