Castle Pines North Inclusion
The Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD) has a responsibility to our customers to be fiscally responsible while also providing reliable water and wastewater service. With this in mind, we are proceeding with an opportunity to include a neighboring water provider into our system.
In December 2018, the Castle Pines North Metropolitan District (CPNMD) approached PWSD about including CPNMD’s water and wastewater facilities and operations into PWSD’s service area. New neighborhood developments are incorporated into PWSD on a regular basis by action of PWSD's Board of Directors. CPNMD would be the largest inclusion (by population) to date.
PWSD and CPNMD are committed to a plan that benefits both parties and believe that the proposed plan does so.
What does inclusion mean?
In basic terms, inclusion means adding property to the boundaries of PWSD. New neighborhood developments are incorporated into PWSD on a regular basis by action of PWSD's Board of Directors.
In this case, inclusion encompasses the existing water and wastewater infrastructure of CPNMD. Because this is the largest inclusion (by population) to date, PWSD and CPNMD commissioned a feasibility study to determine the best path forward. Once the inclusion is complete, CPNMD will no longer be in the business of providing water and wastewater services.
Where can I find out more information about how this will impact me directly?
How did PWSD and CPNMD assess the feasibility of the inclusion?
PWSD and CPNMD contracted with multiple experts to determine the feasibility of including CPNMD into PWSD. They studied the financial, engineering, and legal questions such as rate-structures, assessing the value of water rights, water infrastructure, water and wastewater demand and treatment capacities that would be impacted by the inclusion. The inclusion plan, as we’ve outlined it, is based on the results of the integration feasibility study.
How big is PWSD and how much bigger will it become?
PWSD provides water to approximately 17,500 customers today. The inclusion of CPNMD will add an additional 3,500 accounts to our service area.
What are the next steps?
Following a vote on May 4, 2021 the voters of Castle Pines North have voted in favor of the inclusion. The following is the tentative schedule for important steps towards the final Inclusion (some steps may be subject to change):
Following Election - Court issues order granting inclusion, subject to the terms of the inclusion agreement, if a majority of the votes cast at the election are in favor of the inclusion.
Between Election Day - Jan. 2022 - PWSD and CPNMD prepare for PWSD to officially take over all water and wastewater operations for CPNMD on January 3, 2022 ("Day 1"), pursuant to the terms of the inclusion agreement.
After “Day 1” -
- The two systems will operate individually under PWSD at first, while the infrastructure (pipeline and pumps) needed to interconnect the two systems is constructed.
- PWSD will take over all of CPNMD’s assets on “Day 1”, including the wells, the water treatment plant, the distribution system, fleet vehicles, water rights, and CPNMD's 1500 acre feet of storage at Rueter-Hess Reservoir.
TBD 2025 – Interconnection of all infrastructure between the two systems is completed.