Welcome to Cuchara, Colorado!

High in the southern Colorado Rockies, Trinchera Peak rises majestically above the Sangre De Cristo mountain range.

North of Trinchera, and below the ridgeline to the East, several large natural lakes collect the snow melt and rain water as it funnels down through the glacial cirques and cascades into the mountain valleys... In time, spilling into the rushing waters of the Cucharas River, Baker Creek and Dodgton Creek.

For thousands of years, this has been the source of clean fresh water, flowing through the Cucharas Valley.

Over the last 100 years, as settlers moved into the valley, cabins and homes were being built and the population grew. The need for effective and responsible management of our clean water resources became increasingly important.


Dear Valued Customers, 

As Operation Superintendent for the Cucharas Sanitation and Water District (CSWD) I would like to give an update of CSWD’s water production during the Spring Fire. First of all, I want to assure everyone that our drinking water has not been affected! The drinking water plants and our waste water facility have backup generators and have been constantly running during the power outage. Our storage tanks are full and everything is just as it was when everyone was evacuated. We were able to supply water to the numerous fire fighter outfits during the time they were here. I have been in close contact with the State of Colorado Water Quality Control Division and have their constant support if we should need anything. We as employees and the CSWD Board of Directors have worked together, as a team, to assure all is well when residents are allowed to return to their homes.  If you should have any questions, please contact me at the number listed below and thank you for your support!

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Shannon Shrout, Operations Superintendent
Cucharas Sanitation and Water District
16925 Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO  81055
719-742-3108, 719-989-8111


No open burns.  Huerfano county is at stage 2 fire ban. 

Voluntary water restrictions - avoid outside watering between the hours of 10am and 6pm, and when windy.  Thank you.


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