New Connection Information
Interested in connecting to the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District water and or wastewater services? If you are not being billed for Availability, then a Main Line Extension Permit may be necessary before your property can receive service. Customers who are requesting connection to the water and/or wastewater system must download & fill out the Connection Permit Request Form then deliver, mail, email, or fax to PAWSD.
If a road right-of-way must be cut to connect your property to the water and or wastewater system,it is your responsibility to obtain a Road Cut Permit from the governing entity in which your property lies. The phone number forthe Archuleta County Department of Road & Bridge is (970) 264-5660. The phone number for the Town of Pagosa Springs is (970) 264-4151. Certain other areas require permits from the development or road authority for that subdivision. The Connection Permit Request Form must be completed, signed and all fees paid before a connection date will be scheduled.
Once you have your connection date, please make arrangements for the backhoe/operator and road fill material be available at your location by your connection date. It is also necessary for the property owner to have any other utilities such as electrical, natural gas, telephone and cable located prior to the scheduled connection date. The phone number for the Colorado811 to arrange for other utility locates is (800) 922-1987. The District will locate the water and wastewater lines on the morning of your scheduled connection.
Please read the Connection Permit Request carefully and call the office with any questions. Scheduling for connections may be as far in advance as 60 days, please plan accordingly. The Archuleta County Road and Bridge Department generally will not issue a Road Cut Permit during winter months and has the authority to cancel any Road Cut Permit due to unfavorable weather, or any other reason they deem to be in the best interest of the Archuleta County Road system.
Download Connection Permit Request
Form to deliver, mail, email or fax to PAWSD
Download the 2018 Single Family
Residential Meter Sizing Worksheet
Download the 2018 Multi-Family
Meter Sizing Worksheet
Download the 2018 Commercial
Meter Sizing Worksheet
Customers who are requesting connection to the water and or wastewater system must fill out the Connection Permit Request Form.
This form may be filled out online or downloaded and delivered, mailed, emailed, or faxed to PAWSD
OR Deliver or mail these forms to PAWSD
Pagosa Area Water District
100 Lyn Avenue
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
OR you can fax forms to 970-731-2693.
New Connection Fees
This is typically a one-time fee assessed when water and/or wastewater service has been requested, as in new construction. The Meter Sizing Worksheet determines meter size and E.U. assessment. For example, a Single Family is considered as one E.U.
Standard Water Connection 3/4” Meter - $1,700.00
Standard 4” Wastewater Connection - $400.00
When a new service connection is requested, there are other fees that apply:
System Capital Investment Fees:
This assessment is for current and future capital improvements necessary and/or required to provide service to District customers. The Raw Water Acquisition Fee component of the System Capital Investment Fees is for current and future development of additional raw water delivery, storage, and treatment.
Water - $4,617.00 per E.U.
Wastewater - $1,017.00 per E.U.
In August 2008, the PAWSD Board formally adopted the industry standard fixture-count method of determining Equivalent Units. Read more about fixture counts and meter sizing. Water Meter Sizing Explained
Water meters for all customers are sized by PAWSD based upon a fixture count of the building. Although there may be a tendency to choose a meter that is larger than needed in order to conservatively estimate and accommodate water demand, accurate meter sizing is important for a host of reasons:
- Properly sized meters have a lower failure rate.
- Smaller meters require less maintenance than larger meters, in turn reducing the cost of water shut-offs and repair.
- Smaller meters have a lower Capital Investment/Water Resource Fee and basic service charge.
- Smaller meters encourage water conserving fixtures and practices.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recommends defining water demand using a flow recorder or manual fixture value calculations. Fixture values are provided by the Uniform Plumbing Code. The PAWSD Board of Directors has adopted the fixture count methodology. Fixture counts and Equivalent Units are determined by the following steps:
- What fixtures are present?
- What are their values given by the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) or the International Plumbing Code (IPC)? For example, a bathroom sink has a count of 1, and a dishwasher has a count of 4. Values vary depending upon the intended use of the fixture: will it be used generally throughout the day, or used very heavily for a short period of time, such as a toilet in a theater during intermission?
- Are there fixtures not included in the first UPC table? If so, use the gallons per minute demand of each of these fixtures to assign it a fixture count. This can be done using a second UPC table.
- The values of all the fixtures are totaled and the meter size that is appropriate for that total fixture count is determined using the AWWA meter design criteria and Uniform Plumbing Code. Once the meter size is known, equivalent units are assigned which mirror the hydraulic ratio of that particular meter size to the baseline 1” meter size.
The result of these steps is an industry standard-based methodology for calculating Equivalent Units that reflects true demand.