ALPWCD Water Purchase Agreement

Without major fanfare, representatives from the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District (ALPWCD) signed a historic agreement on December 21st with the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA) for the long-awaited incremental purchase of water from the Animas-La Plata Project. Shown in the photo finalizing the agreement are Bob Wolff (President) and Gene Bradley (Secretary-Treasurer) of the ALPWCD.  Bruce Whitehead (Executive Director) was on hand to witness the signing of the document as well.

The agreement will provide for the ultimate purchase of 700 acre-feet (af) of depletion (1,400 af of supply), that is a portion of the 2,600 af of federal statutory depletion allocated to the District in the Colorado Ute Settlement Act Amendments of 2000. The agreement included an initial acquisition by the District of 105 af of depletion. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) is expected to finalize the purchase agreement shortly after the first of the year. The CWRPDA entered into an agreement with the USBR for purchase of the statutory depletion in 2001 to avoid interest during construction of the project. These significant cost savings are now being passed on to the ALPWCD and the City of Durango. It is anticipated that the 700 af of depletion being purchased by ALPWCD will ultimately be obtained by other local water entities within the District and western La Plata county to provide drinking water supplies in rural areas. The City of Durango is scheduled to finalize their purchase agreement for the remaining 1,900 acre-feet of depletion from the Authority in early 2013.