Pinewood Springs Water
District News

December, 2014


At the November Special Hearing and subsequent regular meeting, the Board motioned to raise the System Improvement Fee from $18.00 to $19.50. The charge for water will also be increased from $0.50 per 100 gallons to $0.60 for usage up to 3000 gallons; from $0.75 to $0.95 for usage between 3001 to 6000 gallons and any usage over 6000 gallons will be charged at $4.00 per 100 gallons. The Fine system for usage over 6000 gallons remains the same. The tap fee will continue to be calculated as it always has been. The District has been saving the increased revenue from past years rate increases to do the much-needed repairs on the storage tanks. The cost to repair all 5 tanks is estimated at $300,000.00

Because Larimer County is planning the Kiowa Little T Bridge reconstruction right after the first of the year (see road news below) and because the current water pipeline is in the new bridge’s path, the District will be moving the Kiowa pipeline sometime in December or January depending on weather. Water will be out for at least one full day to anyone living north and east of the river crossing (Kiowa islanders). Not sure about the timing yet, but we will try to let everyone know.

The gallery and pump station reconstruction is finished. The excavation crew has moved to the Seneca Bridge and is currently working on cutting the channel across the Little T for the Seneca line reconnection. Carl will reconnect it as soon as possible, weather permitting.

  Meeting Change Notice Because of the Christmas Holidays and the need to set the new MIL levy before December 15th, the December meeting date has been changed to December 10th.

To be included on the agenda for the next Water Board meeting 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