The Cucharas Sanitation and Water District maintains several on-going projects in an effort to keep ahead of quality standards and remain on the front of water management. Over the years, several of these have been completed. Here, you'll find details of these projects. Watch for new projects to be posted soon!
Spanish Peaks Water System Improvement Project 2018-2020
In 2018 the Cucharas Sanitation and Water District (CSWD) hired GMS Engineering to evaluate and provide a Preliminary Engineering Report on the Spanish Peaks Development's water system. In the spring of 2019 RMS Construction was hired to upgrade the Spanish Peaks Water System. The project was completed in the spring of 2020. If you'd like more in depth details please contact Shannon Shrout, CSWD General Manager.
Cuchara Ave. Large Diameter Sewer Line Extension 2014
CS&WD completed a large diameter sewer line extension down Cuchara Avenue to allow commercial and residential customers to hook directly into the large diameter sewer line and eliminate the need for their septic tank on the small diameter system if they choose to do so.
Cuchara Water Tank Project 2014
CS&WD constructed a new 88,000 gallon water tank by the Cuchara Water Plant. This new tank was constructed on the McCombs property just west of Black Bear Road. The residents of Cuchara received an increase in water pressure of about 13 psi and greatly improved flow from the area fire hydrants.
Britton Reservoir Rehab 2012
During the summer of 2012 the CS&WD completed the installation of 760 feet of 12" pipe on US Forest Service property adjacent to the Britton Reservoirs on the Cuchara Pass. This project stopped the erosion from Deadman Creek and South Fork Creek. This portion of the project was funded through a grant from the Forest Service. During the Summer of 2013 the CS&WD will be rebuilding reservoir #1 for more volume and greater control of our augmentation water.
Pandero Vista Sewer Extension 2011-2013
In 2011 the CS&WD staff completed phase 1 and started on phase 2 of the Panadero Vista sewer line extension. The final part of this sewer extension (down the top part of Panadero Vista) will be completed in the spring of 2013. This is the last part of the District to get sewer service.
Cuchara Water Treatment Plant on the Dodgeton Creek 2011-2012
During Winter 2011 - Spring 2012 the CS&WD did modifications to the Dodgeton Creek water treatment plant's clearwell. We installed a baffle curtain in the clearwell to improve the treatment process.
Pinehaven Sewer and Water Project 2007-2008
In 2007, CS&WD chose to install a complete new sewer and water system in the Pinehaven subdivision. Previously, all homes in Pinehaven had been on private septic tanks and water wells. The project was completed in late 2008 with only supplemental landscaping remaining to be done in 2009.
Cucharas Water Treatment Facility 2000
In 2000, CS&WD chose to replace an aging water treatment facility located at MM 19 on Highway 12, right before the climb to Cucharas Pass. The building is built next to the Cucharas River as it flows down from Bear and Blue Lakes. The existing facility had been in place since 1978.