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Water District News

September 2023

Please report all water issues and emergencies at any time to 303-823-5345   

There is a new ruling out from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The backflow assembly on your home must be tested by a licensed backflow tester, and the results must be reported to the water district soon. We have included a flyer about this new ruling and a questionnaire with your bill to determine if you have a possible backflow issue. Please complete it and drop it in the water payment box by the bulletin board or mail it in with your next water payment to 183 Cree Ct. Lyons, Co 80540.

Also, if you live upstream from the treatment plant, please use caution when burning slash next to the river. Any runoff will take the ashes into the river and directly into our water filtration system. The fine particles of ash clog our filters which are very costly to replace.

Next Board meeting is on September 27 at 7:00 p.m. To be included on the next agenda or to receive a Zoom invite, please call 303-823-5345, or email Gabi (


Do you know where your whole house shut-off valve is located? Many residents don’t even know they have one. If it is not in an easily accessible location, have a plumber relocate it. Whole-house shut-off valves are used to turn off the water to your house during an emergency or to turn off the water to your home while you are away for more than a few days. Locate yours (somewhere inside your home) make sure it doesn’t leak and is easily accessible.


Pinewood Springs Water District

 Failure to Test Backflow Prevention Devices

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this situation is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. 

The state drinking water program requires that all public drinking water systems test a percentage of the backflow prevention devices annually. We received a violation because our water system did not test the required percentage.


NOTE: This advisory is NOT related to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the “Virus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water.” For additional information on COVID-19 and drinking water, you can refer to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website:

What does this mean? What should I do?

  • You may want to use an alternative drinking water supply (e.g. bottled). If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
  • Uncontrolled cross-connections can lead to a back pressure or siphonage event that may allow contaminants or disease-causing organisms to enter the drinking water, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches.
  • If you have an infant, severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your doctor about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.


What is being done?

  • Test and certify backflow prevention devices. Submit annual BPCCC Program Report. 

We anticipate resolving the problem by May 1, 2023 (notices sent in May and December 2022). For more information, please contact Gabi Benson at or 303-823-5345, or 183 Cree Ct. Lyons CO. 80540.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*


This notice is being sent to you by: Pinewood Springs Water District – co0135610; Date distributed: July 5, 2022


Important Water Conservation Tips


One hundred percent of Colorado is now under drought conditions. The sole source of untreated water for the Water District is the Little Thompson River watershed. The river ceases to run by late July most years, and this year is no exception. The reservoir and tanks are available during dry spells, but there is no guarantee of raw water availability. Before the reservoir was put into service in 2010, some years water needed to be hauled in by truck at considerable expense.

Residents must be especially concerned with leaks during this time, and truly at all times. A running toilet or leaking faucet can consume thousands of gallons very quickly. Fix leaks promptly or call the Water District for assistance in locating a leak. A water main leak may appear as a wet spot or puddle, or water running in a ditch; report such promptly. 

While the State of Colorado Augmentation Plan for Pinewood Springs stipulates a strict 6,000 gallons per month per residence, the average usage in our community is 2400 gallons per month per household.


Bill and Pay is a service provided by Pinewood Springs Water District. You can use this tool to view your past bills and any payments that you have made or to pay your water bill using Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards in addition to debit cards displaying the Visa or MasterCard brand. There is a small fee of $3.00 per hundred charged by the credit card processing company. New users please register at to access this service. You will need this code: PWSWD540 and your water-account number. That number can be found in three places on your bill. If you have any trouble registering for Bill & Pay, please contact Gabi for assistance at: 303-823-5345 or