Water

The Towns raw water comes from the Los Pinos River and is treated at the Towns water treatment facility. In 2016 the Town along with the Laplata Archueleta water district(LAPLAWD) signed an agreement for the Town to supply their customers with drinking water. Part of the agreement was for LAPLAWD to upgrade the Towns existing plant. The expansion added 1.0 MGD to the existing 1.5 MGD plant with the capability to add another 1.0 MGD in the future with just the purchase of another 1.0 MGD filter. The Town is the sole owner of the expansion and is just the supplier to LAPLAWD in bulk water. Current capacity of the plant is 2.5 MGD, we use Chlorine Dioxide as pretreatment, coagulation/ flocculation, UV/chlorine for final disinfection before distribution. The distribution system consists of approx.. 18 miles of main lines and approx.. 1300 taps. The Town maintains approx.. 2 million gallons of storage and 6 pressure reducing stations for 3 different pressure zones in the system.

The Town’s drinking water comes from the Pine River and is treated & maintained by the Town’s Public Works Department. There is approximately 15.5 miles of water distribution lines that service the Town & its residents.

Current treatment capacity is 2.5 million gallons per day and plant operation requires a Class A license. The Town currently has a Class A operator & a Class B operator on staff for the day-to-day operations of the Water Treatment Facility. The Town currently has 2 million gallons worth of water storage capacity.

The Town Board adopted a policy to maintain 1,000 gallons of water storage per household per day in order to ensure adequate water availability for fire fighting, drought reserve, & minor river contamination due to forest fires or soil run-offs.

Water Monthly Rates

A. MONTHLY IN TOWN WATER USER RATES: Pursuant to Section 15-79 of the Town Code, the following schedule of monthly in town water rates shall be effective:

Residential: Base Rate $28.88 /month

Usage Billing Increments

6,001 – 15,000 gal/month $3.58 /kgal

15,001 to 30,000 gal/month $4.40 /kgal

30,001 to 50,000 gal/month $4.95 /kgal

50,001 or greater gal/month $5.50 /kgal

Commercial: Base Rate $32.18 /month

Usage Billing Increments

6,001 – 15,000 gal/month $3.85 /kgal

15,001 to 30,000 gal/month $4.40 /kgal

30,001 to 50,000 gal/month $4.68 /kgal

50,001 or greater gal/month $5.23 /kgal

MONTHLY OUT OF TOWN WATER USER RATES: Unless otherwise provided in accordance with Section 15-55 of the Town Code, monthly out of town water rates shall be two times (2X) the in town rate.

A late fee of 5% per account shall be assessed on any bill which is not paid by the due date. Any bill which is carried for more than two consecutive billing cycles will receive a door tag as a reminder to pay by a certain date. If the bill is not paid by the date on the door tag, the resident’s water will be shut off and a turn-off/turn-on penalty of $30.00 will be assessed on their next utility bill in addition to any late fees and past due amounts. All of these amounts must be paid prior to reestablishment of service.

IN TOWN WATER PLANT INVESTMENT FEES: Pursuant to Section 15-53 of the Town Code, the following schedule of Plant Investment Fees, unless otherwise approved by the Board of Trustees, shall be effective:

Water Plant Investment Fees - A water plant investment fee is assessed for any water connection made to any of the water lines or mains owned by the Town of Bayfield, Colorado. Water plant investment fees are paid at the time of building permit for all new construction.

Tap Size ¾” $6,600

1” $11,750

1-1/4” $18,350

1-1/2” $26,400 2” $37,900

>2” Established by Board of Trustees

Water Plant Investment Fees - A water plant investment fee is assessed for any water connection made to any of the water lines or mains owned by the Town of Bayfield, Colorado. Water plant investment fees are paid at the time of building permit for all new construction.

OUT OF TOWN WATER PLANT INVESTMENT FEES: Pursuant to Section 15-55 of the Town Code, all permits to tap or connect with the water mains of the town for properties outside the town limits shall be by special permission of the Board of Trustees, which shall set appropriate water plant investment fees.

Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control - In adherence to Colorado's regulations, the Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control program protects the public water system from cross-connection contamination by requiring customers to:

•Install containment devices on water services feeding specific types of properties, such as commercial buildings and multi-residential units.

•Test containment devices after initial installation and annually thereafter to make sure they are functioning properly.

•Submit completed test reports to Town of Bayfield, Town Hall 1199 Bayfield Parkway, Bayfield, CO 81122.

Affected customers are notified by postal mail of required device installation and testing. It is the customer's responsibility to hire a qualified professional to install and test a device. Unless otherwise specified, customers should always install a Reduced Pressure Zone (RPZ) device.

For More Details On This Matter Please contact Town Hall at 970-884-9544 For The Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control Manual