DONALA WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT

(719-488-3603)               JUNE 2013  

 Conservation Reminder

We are currently in Phase - 3 Irrigation Standards

We have been fortunate to have received some much needed spring rain, but not enough to bring the soil moisture up to a good, moist, condition, nor has it been enough to fill up the Colorado Springs reservoirs to the point where irrigation limits can be relaxed.

As a reminder, Donala is currently limiting irrigation of lawns to two times per week.  Beware the announced days for Colorado Springs are different from Donala’s designated days.

Odd numbered homes – Monday and Friday

Even numbered homes – Tuesday and Saturday

Please remember that you need to limit your water times between midnight to 9 am and 6 pm to midnight on your designated water day.  Please do not water your lawn from 9 am to 6 pm.

For clarification, you may wash your vehicle and/or hand water your plants etc. any day of the week as long as you are personally holding the hose with a shut off nozzle attached.

 

New Website Design

 District staff has been reviewing the District’s website and we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for a redesign.  The new website will be easier to navigate; it will provide timely information and will have a new, fresh look.  We are in the process of the revamp, so keep an eye out in the coming months.  In the meantime, if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see added to the website, please let us know.  

 

 

Recap of the Community Forum

Held May 15. 2013

 The Community Forum, hosted by the Board of Directors of the District, was held at the Antelope Trails Elementary School.  Approximately 50 residents attended this forum.  At the Forum, the attendees heard Kip Petersen discuss the District formation, it’s Board member makeup; what issues the District is facing, along with outlining the responses the District has developed to address those issues.  Some of the issues facing the District are the increasing costs of providing service; the declining Denver Basin Aquifer; aging infrastructure of the District (i.e. the pipes in the ground and facilities above ground); the cyclical nature of our weather; and the District’s need for irrigation standards.  Following the presentation, there was ample time available for those in attendance to ask questions, as well as to comment, related to the District’s operations.  As a result, modifications to the District’s website will be made to allow for the posting of financial information, along with the approved minutes from the Board meeting.  This will be done in conjunction with the redesign of the District’s website.  We want to thank those at the Antelope Trails Elementary School for allowing us to use their facilities.  We would also thank those residents who took the time to attend our Forum.  We will definitely have more forums in the future, so watch for announcements in the newsletter and on the website.

 

 

It’s Been Fun!  -  A note from the GM

 

After twenty years here at Donala, following 25 years in the Air Force, my wife and I have decided it is time to retire.  At least I have – she’s still wondering what I’m going to do to keep busy and out of her hair.  Anyway, I just wanted to pass on our thanks to the folks of Donala for the great support through the years.

I want to express my gratitude to the directors you have elected over the years.  They have served you well while being very supportive of my efforts to solve our long range water and wastewater issues.  I especially want to thank the operators and administrative staff of the District.  It is for the most part a thankless job, but they have performed with professionalism and true dedication to the environment and our customers.  They seldom get calls to tell them what a great job they are doing, but they understand that our customers expect and deserve good safe drinking water and clean, environmentally sound wastewater service.

For the most part I have enjoyed our customers’ support and understanding through these tough years of solving our water supply issues.  Many of you have realized that the lush, Bluegrass lawns we all grew up with are out of place on what amounts to a high plains desert.  At the very least, maintaining them has become very expensive.  That doesn’t mean (yet) that we have to adopt an Arizona-style landscape, but it does mean a change.  The future of water in the West is a complex one.  Terms like conservation, de-salinization, indirect, and even direct potable reuse will become household standards.  Water is no longer our right, it is a privilege – one we have to earn, respect, and pay for dearly.

As I leave, I am confident the District is in good hands.  Our current Board of Directors has a lot on their plate with even more tough issues to come, but contrary to some of our neighboring districts, they take their jobs very seriously.  The new Manager is Kip Petersen.  Kip comes with a lot of experience, both at the helm of a large metropolitan district in the region and as a Town Manager and County Planner.  I am convinced that many of you whom I have had contact with in the past will appreciate Kip’s leadership style, and probably welcome the change.

Thanks again and Candy and I hope to see you around the dog parks, bike paths and hiking trails. 

Dana Duthie