November 1, 2003

            Yep, it’s true - we did read meters in October. This does not always happen, mainly because the weather may turn nasty at meter reading time, or October may bring enough rain that nobody uses excess water, or we are unavoidably busy doing something else. None of those conditions applied in 2003, so it was advisable to read the meters, and we are absolutely not thinking what many of you probably think we are thinking, which is, “gotcha!” Cross our hearts, we’re not.

            Perhaps some of you didn’t realize that we have a meter reading “season” which traditionally goes from March to October. Many water systems read meters year-round. USCDWUA eschews that, for several reasons:


1.   We monitor the master meter, so we know our total system usage in the winter averages less than 7,500 gallons per tap. There would be no additional revenue from reading meters.

2.   Meters which get covered with snow should stay covered with snow, for insulation. We don’t want to disturb them unnecessarily, and we urge you not to, either. Most instances of meter freeze-ups occur when a protective snow cover has been shoveled off, or worse yet, the lid has been left off the meter pit. Error.

3.   By this time of year, both you the users and us the providers have eschewed each other out over meter readings long enough, and we all need a break. So, see you next March.


            A couple of newsletters ago, we wasted your valuable attention to this page by griping about the red tape that we kept tripping over on our way to building a water treatment plant. Well, apparently the bureaucracies have at last grown weary of toying with us. We have received official letters from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service saying, in essence, that we should get to work and please stop calling them.

            And so we have done. As of this writing, concrete has been poured for the diversion structure on Surface Creek. As long as weather permits, work will proceed at the creek, with the aim of getting all possible work done on the raw water collection and delivery system. The treatment plant itself will have to wait until spring, because there are still engineering details to work out before it can be built. But at least a beginning has been made. My own personal goal is to be producing water by July 4. It would make a nice Independence Day.

            Be watching for your notice of annual meeting and proxy card which will be mailed later this month. Remember to plan to attend, or send your proxy if unable. The date is December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedaredge Community Center.