La Plata-Archuleta Water District Voters Approve Funds

Voters in November approved the La Plata-Archuleta Water District to borrow up to $25 million to build a network of plants and pipelines to treat and distribute potable water. With all votes counted, 952, or 56 percent, of the voters favored the measure, compared with 736, or 44 percent, who were against it. “We're gratified that residents have supported us for the third time,” said Dick Lunceford, chairman of the water district board. The authorized spending will provide construction money to expand the city of Bayfield's water-treatment plant. The borrowed money also will be used to buy water-treatment equipment, storage tanks, software, meters, communication and water-quality monitoring equipment and to pay employee salaries.