Due to legal reasons the water in the sub-division will be turned off. We are working hard to solve this situation fast. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Information as of 9/11/2012
City offices are only open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm
After the fee is paid they will give you the exact address where you can get the water.
The Water Problem Explained:
Aspen Hills was approved as a dry subdivision when it was platted. The aspen Hills Board of Trustees decided to try to help the property owners by locating a water supply for sanitation use. Blake has written a history of the water development for the current newsletter. (see below). All was well until about two weeks ago when I was notified by email that our water use was illegal. The email was followed up with a certified letter stating the same thing. It appears that someone filed a complaint with the State Water Rights Commission that we were using the water from the faucets at the Pine Tree Corner on lot 1052 illegally. It appears that the five acre feet of water we purchased from Archie’s Hollow may be used in our subdivision for a well, but not for surface water from a spring as we are doing. I have a hard time seeing any difference. We are also informed that if the use continues, we could be fined $5000 per day. So the water was turned off. Both Danny Nelson and Cecil Harrison reported that when the water deed was recorded, they were assured that all was good and nothing further need be done.
Danny has sought the services of a water engineer to help file the correct papers to allow our use of the faucets. We are told that this will be unsuccessful and will be denied. We are pursuing a possible purchase of water from someone with water shares from the North Creek Water Users. We are told that none is available. We are also are trying to lease some water shares from someone in this same group with no success so far. If anyone knows of someone with water shares in the North Creek Water Users that is willing to sell or lease water to us, let us know!
Until this is resolved, I recommend that you bring water from home or make arrangements with someone who has a legal well.
Hoping for better news, Kent Player
Newsletter Clip: Water
A brief history of water development in Aspen Hills Ten years ago when I first purchased my lot on the mountain, there was one water hydrant at the pine tree corner on North Fork Road. This water spigot was the only source of water and was enough for the small needs of property owners at the time. According to old timers the source of this water was a spring located farther up North Fork Road at the hairpin turn where the road is wet all year. The only storage was in the pipe itself that runs beside the road down to the spigot. Consequently there was only a small amount of water available and had a brown tint to it. This water source soon became insufficient as more property owners used their property especially on weekends and holidays. Even though the water source was small and of questionable quality we were using the water illegally because we did not own water rights. In 2006 we purchased water rights so we were no longer breaking the law. In 2007 we purchased the property on the corner where the water spigot was located. In 2008 we developed a spring located at the top of our new property and installed a 1,200 gallon storage tank. The spring runs at a rate of 2 to 3 gallons a minute filling the tank in 7 to 10 hours. A new freeze proof hydrant with driveway access was installed. We thought that this tank would serve us for many years; but we were soon running out of water again. Last year 2011 we installed a 7,000-gallon tank in addition to the smaller tank. We also installed a fast fill pipe from the big tank. The flow from this pipe is over 50 gallons per minute. We hope this will take care of our water needs for a while. Remember that all the water at the water corner is non-potable (not drinking water). We are always looking for other sources of water on the mountain that could be developed. Please let us know if you find any. Let’s all take care of the water and enjoy ourselves on the mountain.
Please leave a comment for Blake Llewellyn, Board Member over Water