Utilities

Customers Encouraged to Check for Water Leaks

In an effort to increase customer service and elevate environmental responsibility, the Salida Utilities Department is mailing over 200 letters this week notifying customers of potential leaks that could be wasting water and driving up their quarterly bill. An advantage of the new meters that were recently installed is the ability for Public Works to […]

Quarterly Billing Will Remain; Summer Sewer Usage Charge May Change

As was recently reported in the Mountain Mail, staff spoke to the City Council during the May 15 work session about the pros and cons of a switch from quarterly to monthly utility billing. This topic has been dropped due to a lack of direction from Council to pursue the change. The second topic, also discussed […]

Additional Water Bill Questions Addressed

This article is a follow up to one posted May 8th to address questions from a citizen about water bills. After responding to the initial six questions City staff received another five questions, which are addressed below. Readers may need to refer back to that May 8th post for the context of some of … more […]

City Responds to Water Bill Questions

A group of citizens attended the May 1st City Council meeting and brought with them a list of questions about Salida’s water bills and funds. We are posting these questions along with the City’s responses for all members of the community to read in an effort toward greater transparency about the billing methodology. In addition, […]

Water and Sewer Bills Mailed Out Today

Once every three months, that dreaded bill arrives! This post addresses a few details about the water and sewer billing process. Bills are mailed on the last day of each quarter and payment is due one month later. Charges are for a three-month period but are often compared to monthly rates in other places. Salida’s

Bids Requested for Water System Improvements

The City of Salida will be accepting separate sealed bids for the 2012 General Water System Improvements Project which will provide several water system improvements for the City of Salida. The work includes sealing a leaking concrete water tank, removing and replacing a valve vault access hatch, removing and replacing a water tank access ladder and […]

Disconnecting from the City’s Utility Service

When City Council repealed and reenacted Chapter 13, Municipal Utilities, of the Salida Municipal Code earlier this year, a provision was added regarding the disconnection of service. Section 13-2-210 provides that “any property owner who desires to disconnect a water or wastewater service line must give written notice to the City.” We developed a form […]

Accessory Structure Fee Deferral and Fee Suspension Agreements Available

In May of this year, City Council repealed and reenacted Chapter 13 of the Salida Municipal Code, which governs water and sewer service. The new code provided for a change in the treatment of residential properties that include both a primary and accessory structure. To reduce quarterly service charges for the account, the owners of […]

Utility Code Questions and Recent Changes Explained

The recent increase in water rates is a hot topic of discussion. The reasons for the increase were explained in articles over the past several months. This post covers some other changes to the utility code and fee schedule. I would also like to address a few of the questions that customers frequently … more »

Water Plant Manager’s Spring Update

Water restrictions for the 2011 irrigation season will be on a voluntary basis. You are encouraged to follow the same restrictions that have been in place past years: • Even and odd day watering according to the address of your property • No watering between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Should you choose not to follow voluntary […]