Claim: PWSD is not forward thinking and does not have a long-term water plan.

Fact: This is false. PWSD has a robust long-term water supply plan that we have developed for more than a decade. The centerpiece of the plan is the Platte Valley Water Partnership (PVWP), which will help diversify our water portfolio so that we are less reliant on Denver Basin groundwater and instead rely on renewable water sources for 75% of our water needs once all property in Parker Water is fully developed. That project has been lauded by the State of Colorado, water leaders, elected officials, and environmental groups as a sensible approach to delivering more water to Parker.

Unlike many water projects that propose to buy and dry farmland in rural Colorado, the PVWP is built on a unique partnership between PWSD and the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District in the northeastern corner of the state. The partnership’s approach will provide both farmers and Front Range residents with much-needed water by using new and existing infrastructure to capture and store South Platte River water, mostly in the spring and during storm events. This is water that currently leaves Colorado in quantities that exceed the state’s compact agreements with Nebraska and other downstream states.

As part of the project, PWSD is currently in the process of securing the necessary water rights, attracting more partners for the project to help defray costs, and acquiring the land and easements needed for the project infrastructure. We anticipate the project will begin to provide water to our customers in the late 2030s.

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1. Claim: PWSD is not forward thinking and does not have a long-term water plan.
2. Claim: PWSD rushed through a recent land purchase for the Platte Valley Water Partnership with little scrutiny.
3. Question: What is the Douglas County Future Fund?
4. Claim: PWSD does not support the Douglas County Water Commission and actively attack it.
5. Claim: PWSD built a luxurious new administrative building at a cost of $53 million to house just 85 employees.
6. Claim: PWSD went on a spending spree for furniture at the new district HQ building and refused to use the existing furniture at the old HQ building.
7. Claim: PWSD has not held an election in 10 years and just appoints its allies to the board.
8. Claim: PWSD staff ran the 2023 Board election and counted ballots themselves.
9. Claim: PWSD passed a major rate increase immediately following the elections.
10. Claim: PWSD is not transparent about its budget or rates and doesn’t offer appropriate opportunity for public scrutiny or comment.
11. Claim: PWSD District Manager Ron Redd’s salary is not publicly available and is believed to be over $300K per year.
12. Claim: PWSD intentionally left 96 voters off the election rolls and disenfranchised them by not giving them adequate time to vote in the 2023 election.
13. Claim: PWSD has been collecting property taxes from the affected voters in Lincoln Creek without allowing them to vote.