Castle Pines North Inclusion
The Castle Pines North Metro District (CPNMD) and Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD) have temporarily delayed the inclusion of CPNMD’s water and wastewater utilities several months past the original inclusion date.
Though both parties continue working diligently and in good faith to complete CPNMD’s voter-approved inclusion into PWSD, a number of unforeseen, legal, financial, and supply chain issues will not be resolved by the original January 3, 2022, inclusion date.
We will continue to share additional details in this space as they become available.
Following a vote on May 4, 2021 the voters of Castle Pines North Metropolitan District have voted in favor of including into Parker Water & Sanitation District.
Castle Pines North Metro District will continue normal operations until the contractual agreements are met by both sides, at which point PWSD will take over operations pursuant to the terms of the inclusion agreement (Day 1).
- 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. PWSD does not own or bear responsibility for these assets or CPNMD's operations until that time.
- Immediately following Day 1,the two systems will operate individually under PWSD while the infrastructure (pipeline and pumps) needed to interconnect the two systems is constructed.
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 18,500 customers today. The inclusion of CPNMD will add an additional 4,000 accounts to our service area.