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.


Spanish Peaks Water System Improvement Project (SPWSIP) is up and running for the Spring.  For the week of July 6th, the crew will be working on Park Road, the road is closed and water outages expected.  Work will also be done on Columbine Road, expect water outages throughout the day.   Water outages will be periodically throughout the SPWSIP but will be restored by end of day.  

Please call Erica, SPWSIP Operations Manager, at 719-659-4481 if you have questions or concerns.   Thank you for your patience.


The Stonewall Century bicycle ride is a "go" for August 8th this year and Cucharas Sanitation and Water District's parking lot will again be hosting an aid station for cyclists.  The aid station will be manned by volunteers from the La Veta Fire Protection District who will provide snacks and drinks for the riders.  Please visit the links below for more information on the 2020 Stonewall Century Ride. 





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.

Letter of Interst Requirements for CSWD Board of Directors Vacancy


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 minimizing 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 don't hesitate to give us a call.  Office: 719-742-3108, Operation Superintendent - Shannon Shrout: 719-989-8111 Field Operators:  Todd Eddleman 719-989-8190 and Tim Evans 719-989-8184


Cucharas Sanitation and Water District (CSWD) Regular Board Meeting will be held August 14, 2020 at 9:00am at the district office at 16925 State Highway 12, Cuchara.  This meeting is open to the public.  CSWD continues to comply with the State of Colorado's ordinance to social distance, therefore you can join the meeting via GoToMeeting by following the link provided.

Friday August 14, 2020
Fri, Aug 14, 2020 9:00 AM  (MDT)

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You can also dial in using your phone.  

United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3117

Access Code: 766-914-749

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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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