Pinewood Springs Water
The Little Thompson stopped flowing in August, and we ask residents to be especially concerned with leaks during this dry spell. Ninety-nine percent of Colorado is experiencing a drought. While we have plenty of water in storage, homeowners still need not waste water by letting a running toilet consume thousands of gallons. Please repair all leaky toilets and faucets quickly. If you think you have a leak, please call us and let us help you try to pinpoint the cause.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Because of Covid-19 issues, this meeting will be held virtually. To be included on the next agenda, call or email Gabi (email@example.com)
September Tip of the Month: Water Conservation
by Joan Paskewitz
One hundred percent of Colorado is now under drought conditions. The sole source of untreated water for the Water District is the Little Thompson River watershed. The river ceases to run by late July most years, and this year is no exception. The reservoir and tanks are available during dry spells, but there is no guarantee of raw water availability. Before the reservoir was put into service in 2010, some years water needed to be hauled in by truck at considerable expense.
Residents must be especially concerned with leaks during this time, and truly at all times. A running toilet or leaking faucet can consume thousands of gallons very quickly. Fix leaks promptly or call the Water District for assistance in locating a leak. A water main leak may appear as a wet spot or puddle, or water running in a ditch; report such promptly.
While the State of Colorado Augmentation Plan for Pinewood Springs stipulates a strict 6,000 gallons per month per residence, the average usage in our community is 2400 gallons per month per household.
NO OUTDOOR USE OF TREATED WATER IS PERMITTED!
These limitations also apply to residences within the Water District that have wells.
Conservation of water must be a daily goal of all residents, so that everyone has sufficient water for basic needs. There are a variety of hints that can help conserve water. The Pinewood Springs Property Owners Association (PSPOA) will get the ball rolling with a few and open the discussion for others to contribute.
- Always fill a container with water when running the water to heat it for dishes, showers, and other tasks. It can be used on plants, for pets, or to flush the toilet.
- Turn the water off while soaping hands or face or in the shower or brushing teeth.
- Use a basin for washing and rinsing dishes. Do not let the water run.
- Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes to go into a dishwasher.
- Buy and use up to two rain barrels for outside watering. Place under your downspouts. https://source.colostate.edu/extension-offers-fact-sheet-on-how-to-harvest-rainwater-under-new-colorado-rules/
- Fill hot tubs with purchased water or that collected from the roof.
- Use water-absorbing soil or added granules, such as vermiculite, to help keep moisture in plant pots.
- Xeriscape with native, low-moisture plants. Once they are settled in, they need no additional moisture. If planting a tree, consider the cost of having water trucked in as part of the investment.
Bill and Pay is a new service provided by Pinewood Springs Water District. You can use this tool to view your past bills and any payments that you have made, or to pay your water bill using Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards in addition to debit cards displaying the Visa or MasterCard brand. There is a small fee of $3.00 per hundred charged by the credit card processing company. New users please register at: www.ub-pay.com to access this service. You will need this code: PWSWD540 and your water-account number. That number can be found in three places on your bill. If you have any trouble registering for Bill & Pay, please contact Gabi for assistance at: 303-823-5345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.