At one time, Harris Park Metropolitan District (HPMD) had researched the possibility of providing full water and sanitation services, so we legally set up the “Water & Sanitation District”; however this was never pursued. If, in the future, Harris Park should look into this further, we already are registered legally as a Water & Sanitation District.
(18) “Sanitation district” means a special district that provides for storm or sanitary sewers, or both, flood and surface drainage, treatment and disposal works and facilities, or solid waste disposal facilities or waste services, and all necessary or proper equipment and appurtenances incident thereto.
(24) “Water and sanitation district” means a special district which provides both water district and sanitation district services.
(25) “Water district” means a special district which supplies water for domestic and other public and private purposes by any available means and provides all necessary or proper reservoirs, treatment works and facilities, equipment, and appurtenances incident thereto.
Distribution of District Funds
Water & Sanitation funds come from property taxes and are managed and held by HPMD. Water & Sanitation funds are separate from all other funds. These funds are used for the maintenance and repair of our lakes, wells; payment of utilities, required state fees and licenses, repair and maintenance of equipment, and supplies.
Lakes & Dams
The District has two lakes and one pond that currently hold water. Lake #1 is the lower lake which is accessible from Bishop Rd and Park Rd. Lake #2 is the upper Lake which is accessible from Park County Rd 47. Flora Pond is located immediately next to the Fire Station and is accessible from Neal Rd.
Please refer to the “Our Lakes” page for more information.
Harris Park Wells
The District has two (2) public wells, one by the Community Center and one on Bartimous Road between Sullivan Street and Brown Street, which has been closed for many years, due to contamination.
The Community Center well is for the use of Harris Park Metro District residents/property owners. In late 2018, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) advised us that they planned on doing a site visit in July of 2019 to see if they would designate us as a public water system. During the months of January through June, they required us to do monthly water sampling for coliforms. Our normal schedule is every 3 months. We also were required to do a nitrate/nitrite water test, which is a more expensive test. This is only required every 5 years. The last testing had been in 2018; however they would not accept it. We were also required to provide them with documentation of when the community center is being used, and sign-up sheets from the hydrant. The administrator, a director and a community member met with their representative during the site visit. He asked questions, and took pictures inside and outside of the community center, and the hydrant area and vault. In January of 2020, they advised us that from their findings, they we were designated as a transient non-community public water system, which means that people travelling through and living in Harris Park have access to our hydrant for water. By March 6, 2020, we were required to install chlorination equipment to the water delivered from the well. The initial cost of this system is approximately $5,300, then an annual approximate amount of $3,600 for a contract with a certified water operator plus fees for inspections, maintenance, repair, monthly water testing, and State mandated fees. We had a special meeting in January to discuss our options.
We decided to give the CDPHE a proposal to disconnect the community center water from the well, install a holding tank and connect it to the community center water. The proposal was approved; however we would remain a public water system until we completed the project and satisfied the CDPHE through documents, and photographs of the completed project. Due to the virus pandemic, the project had many delays because of supply houses being closed, and plumbing contractors either closing down or having over-burdened schedules. Through a lot of time and effort on the party of Harris Park volunteers, we finally completed the project. All documentation has been forwarded to the CDPHE on July 20, 2020. The CDPHE approved our project and we are once again designated as a Community Water System..
Due to part of the requirements of the CDPHE, the hydrant is locked, and accessible by application and key for full time residents who have no other water resource. We are only allowed 24 residents to access the hydrant. Sign-in is required.
We will continue to do monthly testings of the water at the hydrant. The water available at the community center is already treated, so no testing is necessary. The Community Center well meter is read monthly and usage is announced at each monthly meeting. The results are included in the monthly meetings. Also required by the CODPHE, the well is tested quarterly for nitrate content and every five years for nitrite contents.
A water spigot has been installed at the Community Center. The water spigot will also be locked. Through an additional application process and a key, other residents/property owners will have access to water. This water will come from a 175 gallon water holding tank inside the Community Center. The tank will need to refilled periodically, so we are asking those residents who have a key to use this water sparingly.
Harris Park Toilet Facilities
The District has one year-round handicap portable restroom across from the Fire Station and Flora Pond on Neal Road. Four additional portable restrooms are added for the summer months around – two at Lake 1 (one being a handicap portable restroom), one at Lake 2, and one at the ball field, which is only accessible during events. (Bring your own T.P.!)