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. Cucharas Sanitation and Water District (CSWD) was established in 1974 to manage Cucharas residents water and sewer.  Cuchara continues to grow and flurish while CSWD continues to manage and offer service to Cuchara's residence in accordance with State of Colorado guidelines and practices.  

If you have any questions please contact our office at 719-742-3108.


Cucharas Water and Sanitation District has an opening for Field Operator.  Please click on the Job Opening tab above for detailed information and application.

In an effort to support the community’s health and take precaution measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, Cuchara Sanitation and Water District will be closing office access during business hours.  The residents of Cuchara can take solace in that the staff will continue running and maintaining state mandated operations and the office staff will be accessible through phone and email. In case of a water or sewer emergency, require water shut offs/on, please call the numbers listed below. If you wish to drop off a payment please use the drop box located at 16925 Hwy. 12, Cuchara to the right of the office's front door.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office.  Thank You!

Office: 719-742-3108, Operations Shannon Shrout: 719-989-8111 Field Operators:  Todd Eddleman 719-989-8190 and Russell Shrout 719-989-8184

Spanish Peaks Water System Improvement Project is back up and running for the Spring.  The week of May 18, 2020 Panadero Vista will be closed to due the project along with Spruce to Cottonwood.

Expect water shut off's 5/20/2020 on Aspen Trail.  Water will be restored by end of day.  Please call Erica at 815-546-6528 if you have questions. 


NOTICE IS HEREBY given that a vacancy exists for the Office of Director of the Cucharas Sanitation and Water District Board (CSWD). To obtain the requirements for the Letter of Interest please call 719-742-3108 or click on the link below. Letters of Interest must be received either by mail or email, in the District Office at 16925 State Hwy. 12, La Veta, CO  81055, or admin@cuchara.org, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, June 5th, 2020.

Letter of Interst Requirements for CSWD Board of Directors Vacancy


Cucharas Sanitation and Water District (CSWD) Regular Board Meeting will be held June 12, 2020 at 9:00am.  Location details of the meeting will be announced once approved by the board. 

Board Meeting Date/Time Change and Agendas are posted on this website under the Document Tab prior to the board meeting.  CSWD board meetings are open to the public and the Board of Directors encourages all Cuchara Residents to attend.  If you would like to be on the Agenda, please contact the CSWD office and request to be on the Agenda Form. 

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Click NOTICE below to view CSWD's Corrected Commercial Rate Plan (APPENDIX A)






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