For the Florissant Water and Sanitation District, the meeting next month is a crucial step in the pathway to recovery. In violation by the state of Colorado for several water-quality infractions, the district is on its way out of the slough.
With $1 million in forgiveness loans to improve the infrastructure, money given with conditions, two district board members are pleading for consumers to attend the meeting March 5.
“This is an extremely important meeting that could seriously impact the water quality and the future of the water district,” said Barb Faux, the board treasurer.
In addition to talking about finances, as they relate to the future, the meeting will reveal options available to improve the water quality as well as the wastewater plant.
While the water is safe, water that in the past was brown and tinged with iron, the district faces financial headwinds. “Florissant really can’t grow without improving the water quality,” Faux said.
Bob Faux, board member and plant manager, added, “We are improving but we are going to need the consumers to stand behind us, show their cooperation.”
The district’s improvements include installing smart meters for the 94 customers.
“At the present time half of our meters are inaccurate because the sensors are bad,” she said.
The old meters contribute to the district’s financial problems. “The smart meters can be read without having to knock on people’s doors,” Barb Faux said.
The meters are included in the $1 million pot from the state. “The money we are getting is almost unprecedented,” she said.
Bob Faux added. “However, there are requirements we have to meet, which will be discussed at the meeting,” Bob Faux said.
Despite the ongoing issues, the district is making progress. “We are moving forward and there are a number of things we are in compliance with now,” Barb Faux said.
The Fauxs are part of the new board appointed by the Teller County commissioners last year that includes Chris Penland, Cathy Valdez and Ginger Bruvold. The latter two were re-appointed to the board. All of the members own property in Florissant.
The meeting, which will include representatives from the state, is at 6 p.m. March 5 at the district office in Florissant.