Pinewood Springs Water
District News

July, 2014


Flood update: Work has begun on the removal of the old Cree Court pipeline to make way for the new Cree Bridge. As part of the repair to the river intake system, Lyons Excavating has finished moving the river back to its original location. The screens have been reinstalled in the collection weir. When the time is right there are plans to reseed the area with native grasses and perhaps plant a few trees.  The next step will be installing the pipeline to connect the river intake to the pump station thereby reestablishing our ability to pump water to the reservoir. In anticipation of having to do that while the river is on call, the District has leased 47 acre-feet of water to be used as exchange. Other pending projects are the clear well, the Seneca River crossing, and possibly dredging the reservoir.

The District has applied for two grants. One grant would be used to replace the entire Kiowa line from the storage tanks and the other to replace the Seneca River crossing line that was destroyed during the flood.   

The next Water Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 23rd at the Fire Station Community meeting room, 7:00 p.m. Please enter through the back door. To be included on the agenda for the next Water Board meeting on the 4TH Wednesday, call Gabi at 823-5345 or email at



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 valve’s 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


Carl would also 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 dam’s 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