Pinewood Springs Water
District News


May, 2018 


The District has two loans that were incurred when the reservoir was built and one loan requirement that will be satisfied June of 2019. Each time a loan is paid off, the mil levy is reduced. We saw that reduction last year when we paid off the water storage tank loan incurred 20 years ago. The mil dropped from 37.106 to 29.191. The smaller of the 2 reservoir loans will pay off in 2026 reducing our yearly payments by $61,244.88. If property values stay high or go higher, it will reduce the mil substantially. The largest of the reservoir loans was acquired in 2005 with the first payment of $162,600.25 made in 2010, the year after the reservoir was completed. This loan will pay off in May of 2039. Please contact me if you need more information.

Next Water Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the new 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 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


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 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