Pinewood Springs Water
District News


September, 2018       

The river has dried up enough that we need to switch to the reservoir even though we have received some precipitation in the past couple of weeks. You may notice a difference in color and perhaps the taste of the water. If this were 2008, we would find ourselves preparing to haul water. Thankfully, we have the reservoir to assist Mother Nature with her inability to provide us with enough precipitation to meet our daily water needs. Because we are on the reservoir with not much in the way of precipitation in sight, we ask you to be frugal with your water usage and be mindful of toilets that are running, dripping faucets and other leaks that might develop in your home. And please remember that, according to our water decree, there is no outside usage of treated water allowed, ever!
Visit our website at to see the Districtís Rules and Regulations and other interesting information. Next Water Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Station Community Room. To be included on the next agenda, call Gabi at 823-5345.


This is an excerpt from an article published by another water district regarding a simple toilet leak fix. 

Did you know that your toilet accounts for almost 40 percent of the water you use indoors?  Studies have shown that one in five toilets leak. That means that those toilet leaks can waste lots of water and cause higher water bills. A silent toilet leak can waste more than 50 gallons or more of water a day. Some of these leaks will empty directly into your septic system without any sign of water running in the toilet bowl. If you think you have a toilet leak, try this suggestion to see if you can easily fix the leak yourself, or call a plumber. 

To test your toilet for leaks, remove the lid of the toilet tank. Drop a tiny bit of food coloring into the tank and wait 15 minutes. If color appears in the toilet bowl, then you have a leak. One of the most common culprits of leaks is the flapper or flush valve. It may not be seating properly on the valve seat, or it may need replacement. This is typically the cause of running toilets. Over time the valveís rubber material deteriorates because it is constantly under water. If you gently rub the valve and get streaks on your fingers, you should replace the valve now. For more information, go to


The Board of Directors would like to remind everyone that the dam and reservoir area is off limits to the general public. Please do not hike up or allow your children to play around the damís steep slope! As required by the State, the area has been seeded with native grasses to support the Preble Mouse habitat that has been established in the reservoir area. Drive up Estes Park Estates Drive for a nice overall view of the reservoir.

Once again a reminder, if your house is vacant, please have the water turned off at the meter and possibly prevent costly leaks and meter damage. 

The Water District's address is: 183 Cree Court
Lyons, CO,  80450