Water System


No unauthorized person shall uncover, make any connection with, or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any water Main or appurtenances without first obtaining a Permit from the District.

Connection size and service facilities must be sufficient to adequately serve the building or use, as determined by the District; however, the District shall incur no liability for an erroneous determination and shall retain the right to collect proper fees even in the event of an erroneous determination.


a.  Repair of Service Lines:  Each Customer shall be responsible for maintaining the entire length of his water Service Line which includes the curb box, shut-off valve, meter and any portion of the Service Line lying within road rights of way and/or beneath road improvements. Leaks or breaks in the Service Line, curb box, shut-off valve, or meter shall be repaired by the Customer within seventy-two (72) hours from the time of notification of such conditions by the District. If satisfactory progress toward repairing the said leak has not been accomplished within such time period, the District shall shut off the service until the leaks or breaks have been repaired, or the District in its discretion may proceed to repair the leak or break and charge the full cost therefor, plus ten percent (10%), to the Customer, which cost shall be a charge of the District and be enforceable by a perpetual lien against the property of such Customer to secure payment of such cost. [In the event that the District performs an emergency repair to a Service Line, the District shall charge the owner for the cost of such emergency repair, plus ten percent (10%), and shall have and may enforce a perpetual lien against the property served for such charge as provided in these Rules and Regulations and Colorado law. If the District is unable to determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, whether a leak, break, failure or other condition exists within a Main or within a Service Line, the District shall be authorized to immediately perform an Emergency Repair.  In the event that the District is unable to determine whether the leak, break, failure or other condition exists within a Main or Service Line,  the seventy-two (72) hour notice requirement of this Section 500.03.a. shall not apply, and the District shall be authorized to complete the Emergency Repair. To the extent that all or any portion of such Emergency Repair is performed on a Customer’s Service Line, the District may proceed to charge and collect that portion of the cost of the Emergency Repair properly allocated to the Service Line from the Customer, which cost shall be a charge of the District and be enforceable by the perpetual lien against the property of such Customer to secure payment of such cost. 

b.  Pressure Variations:  Customers have the duty to keep advised of varying pressures and conditions of service so as to properly protect their persons and property from injury by water furnished through the District's facilities. 

c. Clear Curb Boxes:  Customers shall also take note that there is no waste-water drain in the shut-off at the curb box, nor at the Main, and that any water standing in the Service Line or pipes within a unit when water is turned off at the meter shut-off or Main will remain there unless drained out by the User by means of a stop or waste valve. The District is not responsible for the water quality of any such standing water after such turn-off.

d. Pressure Safety Devices:  All persons having boilers or other appliances on their premises depending on pressure of water in pipes, or on a continual supply of water, shall provide, at their own expense, suitable safety appliances to protect themselves and their property against a stoppage of water supply or loss of pressure.

e. Pressure Reducing Valves for Units Connected to Mains with Pressures Over 80 PSI:  Where water pressure in the Main is over 80 PSI, pressure reducing valves shall be installed with respect to all Service Lines to be connected to such Main. Such pressure reducing valves shall be installed at the Customer's expense.  Pressure reducing valve installation shall be as follows:  SERVICE LINE - ON/OFF VALVE - PRESSURE REDUCING VALVE - METER - OPTIONAL ON/OFF VALVE.

f.  Underground Irrigation Systems: All buried underground irrigation systems (sprinkler systems), including but not limited to, residential, commercial, industrial, and government systems, shall have approved back-flow prevention devices installed.

g.  Back-flow Control:  The back-flow of non-potable water, other liquids or foreign materials into the District distribution system is prohibited. All Service Lines are to have an approved back-flow device installed inside and at the point of entry into the structure. 

h. Customer To Furnish Meter Location:  The District shall, as a condition to the provision of service, have access to each property and Unit served for the purpose of exercising its authority under these Rules and Regulations. The Customer shall furnish a warm, accessible meter location, usually in the basement or a closet or compartment near the point where the water Service Line enters the building. The Customer shall also furnish an outside location for the remote gauger to be mounted so that it is easily accessible for reading.

Where the meter is to be located outside of the building, the Customer shall provide a vault for its installation. Vaults may be precast or poured-in-place. Precast vaults shall be so designed that all joints and corners are waterproof. The roof and walls of precast and poured-in-place vaults shall be made waterproof after construction by use of sealants, epoxies or other approved methods.

i.  Defective Meters:  It shall be the duty of each Customer to notify the District office if his or her water meter(s) are operating defectively. If any meter shall fail to register in any period, the Customer shall be charged the average period consumption during the two preceding periods as shown by the meter when in order. If the District determines that any meter is recording consumption inaccurately, the District shall have the right to adjust the Customer's bill at any time and to repair or replace the defective meter at Customer's expense. The District shall have the right of access to install, inspect, repair, replace or otherwise maintain the meters. If the District has reason to believe that a water meter is not functioning properly, it may proceed to repair or replace the meter, whether or not the Customer has received notice that the meter is defective. The judgment of the District in these matters shall be final and binding.

Customers shall provide Private Hydrants on private property as required by their building plans after approval by Summit County and the Lake Dillon Fire Authority.  Only WATEROUS FIRE HYDRANTS are authorized in the District. As-built plans for all Private Hydrants and their Service Lines shall be provided by the Customer to the District.

The District strongly encourages the use of maintenance contracts for the private maintenance of Private Hydrants and their supply lines, however the District shall have the authority to test and maintain all Public and Private Hydrants in the District in public rights-of-way and on private property. The District shall have the right to enter upon and use a reasonable part of the Customer's property to locate, survey, reconstruct, operate, use, maintain, repair, replace and/or remove the Private Hydrant and lines supplying the same and to remove objects interfering therewith.

Testing and maintenance of Private Hydrants, if initiated by the District, may be at the expense of the District.  Repair and maintenance of Service Lines including restoration of backfill and surface area to its condition prior to repair shall be at the expense of the Customer. Except in an emergency, it shall be the policy of the District to provide the owner of a Private Hydrant at least 24 hours notice prior to the initiation of any activities involving Private Hydrants and to give the owner the opportunity to take such action itself within the same time period as it would have taken the District to perform the activity. Failure to conform to such policy shall not relieve the owner of any responsibility that it may otherwise have under these Rules and Regulations.  In the event that the District performs any of the activities or performs an emergency repair to a Private Hydrant or Service Line, the District shall charge the owner for the cost of such activity or emergency repair, plus ten percent (10%), and shall have and may enforce a perpetual lien against the property served for such charge as provided in these Rules and Regulations and Colorado law.

All excavations required for the installation of Public or Private Hydrants and their Mains and Service Lines shall be open-trench work unless otherwise approved by the Manager. Trenching, pipe laying and compacted backfill shall be performed in accordance with the Board's standard specifications and the specifications of Summit County and performed strictly in conformance with any applicable state or federal law or regulation, including OSHA regulations. Compliance with these laws and regulations is the sole responsibility of the Contractor, Constructor, User and/or Customer in question, and the District does not, by adopting these regulations, undertake any obligation to supervise or enforce compliance therewith.

Concrete kickblocks and thrust blocks shall be sized for the internal static water pressure plus internal transient pressures and the soil bearing capacity. The internal static water pressure shall be rated for 150 pounds per square inch minimum. The thrust blocks shall be of Class “B” concrete or of a pre-measured, sacked industrial mix.

Upon completion of Private Hydrant installation, repair, or substantial modification, the Private Hydrant owner must provide to the District as-built plans reviewed by the District Engineer showing all hydrant and Service Line locations and other facilities. As-Built plans shall be on reproducible mylar or, at the request of the District, on computer disk.

No person shall maliciously, willfully, or negligently break, damage, destroy, deface uncover, or tamper with any portion of the District's Water System.

In the event any person shall violate the provisions of this Section, the District may take all necessary steps to insure that said person shall be subject to criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of Colorado law. The District may, in addition, bring a civil action for trespass, conversion, destruction of property, and punitive damages.

Water meters with remote reader gauges are required. The cost of water meters, including outside remote gauges, shall be paid by the Customer in addition to the Systems Development Fee.

The cost of each meter shall be the actual cost paid by the District to its supplier, plus ten percent (10%) to cover the cost of transportation, storage, etc.

Installation of the meter and gauges shall be performed in a workmanlike manner according to District standards, at the Customer's cost and with work performed by a licensed plumber hired by the Customer.

Immediately upon installation, the District shall own the meter and gauges. The Customer shall pay for repair and/or replacement; and for damage that results from abuses or neglect of the Customer, the Customer shall pay the costs, plus 10%, of repairing and/or replacing the meter. 

After installation, no Customer shall tamper with, maintain, open, repair or replace any meter.

No water meter shall be installed of a size less than three-quarters of an inch in diameter. All water meters shall have a shut-off valve on the incoming side of the meter to facilitate meter removal and service.

In the discretion of the District, water service may be provided by either individual meter per Unit or by a master meter. However, a curb box and shut-off valve must be provided for each meter. A master meter may only be used if the Customer's homeowners' association bylaws specify to the satisfaction of the District that the association is responsible for payment of water and sewer service bills. A master meter must be a compound type meter capable of reading minimum water flows, and with specifications approved by the District if the water Service Line exceeds two inches in diameter.

The Manager or employees or authorized agents of the District or Manager are the sole persons authorized to make Connections on the water Mains and District sewer Mains. 

The water from the District System and water from unapproved sources shall be distributed through systems entirely independent of each other. Interconnection or cross-connection between such systems is prohibited.

Mains and Service Lines shall be constructed in accordance with Article XIV of these Rules and Regulations.