Community Water is the sum of all water and wastewater systems that affect the community. This includes the natural systems that provide raw water, the treatment and collection systems, and the wastewater treatment systems. Actions in this section generally address conservation, maintenance, efficiency, and safety for all beings that use water.
Relationship to Existing Plans/Initiatives: This section is most strongly linked to the Master Infrastructure Plan, with specific recommendations that have been provided from that document. The idea of clean water used efficiently is also ensconced in Vision 2020 and called out in the Comprehensive Plan.
- Realize a scenario where the annual water consumed by the community is less than the amount of water that is naturally available.
- Provide a system for water transit with no major leaks and where any leaks can be identified and fixed quickly.
- Treat water using as low-energy and natural systems as possible.
I. Master Infrastructure Plan - #NedZero #Infrastructure
- 3I-01: Complete Master Infrastructure Plan to evaluate current water, wastewater, storm water and roads systems for conditions and needs.
P. Source Water Protection - #NedZero #SourceWater
- 3P-01: Develop and present a resolution opposing privatization of water to the Board of Trustees
- 3P-02: Review Nederland's water system on a regular basis, especially in regards to raw water storage and diversion, and identifying and stopping leaks, as well as water lines prone to freezing.
- 3P-03: Complete Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP)
- 3P-04: Determine if there is path forward for legal water catchment; communicate that path to the community in an accessible and digestible manner
- 3P-05: Incorporate into land use plans review analysis against Source Water Protection Plan, water availability, infrastructure capacity, and other resource limitations.
V. Water Conservation - #NedZero #WaterConservation
- 3V-01: Develop Program to encourage water conservation by community members
- 3V-02: Research how water collection pilot programs could be implemented in Nederland, pursuant to Colorado HB 09-1129 and future legislation in regards to opportunities for rainwater harvesting and grey water use.
- 3V-03: Discharge backwash from Water treatment plant to the first presedimentation pond as opposed to sanitary sewer.
- 3V-04: Determine the net water consumption of the community.
- 3V-05: Conduct a rate study for water and sewer services regularly, including among the rate goals for water conservation. Include analysis of Project Increment Financing.
W. Storm Water System - #NedZero #RainWater
- 3W-01: Identify and repair roads and other public infrsatructure that is currently contributing to flooding, washouts, and erosion issues
- 3W-02: Investigate, identify and pass an ordinance protecting water ways from new development and regulating what type of construction can occur proximate to waterways for existing developments
- 3W-03: Look at alternative paving options that treat stormwater for appropriate streets in town
Y. Septic System Inventory - #NedZero #Septic
- 3Y-01: On a yearly basis, inventory any known problems that have occurred with septic systems and meet with Boulder County to assess programs and funding that could be used to encourage homeowners to transition to Town sewer and to reach the goal of improved water quality.
- 3Y-02: Identify and repair areas of sanitary sewer that are experiencing infiltration and inflow
- 3Y-03: Implement a Grease Interceptor Policy for Sanitary Sewer