Water and Wastewater

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When City Council repealed and reenacted Chapter 13, Municipal Utilities, of the Salida Municipal Code earlier this year, a provision was added regarding the disconnection of service.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In May of this year, City Council repealed and reenacted Chapter 13 of the Salida Municipal Code, which governs water and sewer service.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 »

City Requests Bids for Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

The City of Salida will accept separate sealed bids at City Hall through 10:00 AM on July 15, 2011 for the upgrade of the regional wastewater treatment facility. At that time, such sealed bids will be opened and read aloud. City Hall is located at 448 E 1st Street, Suite 112. This project consists of […]

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 […]

New Utility Code Nears Completion

A significant project is underway at the city. Over the next several months, we will re-write the Salida Municipal Code. The water and wastewater utilities chapter is the first to be addressed. The ordinance adopting the revised code will be presented to city council on April 19 for approval on first reading. Changes of most […]

Wastewater Plant Manager’s Spring Update

The Wastewater Project has been put on hold, awaiting rebid of the project. We have decided to add some components back into the project that we originally had talked about but did not think we could afford. But with the lower interest rates and the money available we have added the components back into the […]

Water Rates Will Increase April 1st

Council approved a water rate increase that will go into effect April 1, 2011. For well over a year now, we have discussed the need to increase water rates to keep up with costs. The fund is not breaking even and reserves are depleted. Water service is provided to residents and property owners in Salida […]

Rates to be increased for water service

A revised water rate study recently completed by the city’s engineering firm Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM) is now available for review. The draft study, which was made available on March 1st, indicated rates are well below the required level to pay for the cost of the plant and water system. Alternatives for increasing rates will be considered by the … more […]