Pinewood Springs Water
District News

January, 2016




   Many items were crossed off the Water Districtís to do list in 2015. The Board interviewed and hired two new employees. The 2013 flood damaged repair projects, that include the Reservoir Pump Station and river bank rehab, Kiowa Crossing, Seneca Crossing, Cree Crossing, Iroquois Loop, the new Kiowa Cree Loop and May Loop were completed. Several leaks caused by the heavy equipment the County used to repair the Kiowa Bridge were repaired. The New Meter Project started just before the flood was also completed in 2015. A total of six new taps were installed. Five of those were taps that had already been purchased.

    As per the Rules and regulations of the District, the new Tap Fee for 2016 has been calculated. The Fee is now at $32,222.58. There are approximately 10 vacant lots in Pinewood that do not have paid taps.

   According to the recommended fee increase schedule established several years ago, the Board has raised the base rate by $2.00 per month. The new base rate is $57.00. The System Improvement Fee will remain at $19.50. Water charges remain the same with the first tier (0-3000) at $0.65 per hundred gallons and the second tier (3001-6000) at $0.95 per hundred gallons. A Fine System is in place for all usage over 6000 gallons.

   To be included on the Water Board meeting agenda, call Gabi at 823-5345 or email at That meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Station Community Meeting Room. Please enter through the back door.



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