HISTORY OF THE DISTRICT
Central Weld County Water District (CWCWD) was organized in 1965 and was initially funded by a $3.8 million dollar general obligation bond for construction of facilities. CWCWD began serving customers in 1967. CWCWD was created to provide reliable and good quality water to rural users and communities who were, at the time, dependent on sub-surface water sources. The District's domestic water service area now extends south from Greeley to the Tri-Town area of Dacono, Firestone, and Frederick in southwest Weld, and east from Interstate 25 to Kersey and Hardin area.
CWCWD began by serving approximately 393 taps and delivered 163 million gallons of water a year. Currently, it has approximately 1,850 taps and delivers 1.5 billion gallons per year to 5,000 residents, in addition to agricultural, commercial, industrial and municipalities.
Water supply for the District is taken from Carter Lake west of Berthoud where the CWCWD has major treatment and storage facilities owned and operated jointly with Little Thompson Water District (LTWD). A high pressure transmission main transports water east approximately 22 miles to the District's distribution system. Raw water supply is received through the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, and more recently through the purchase of Windy Gap water to supply residents in areas which could not previously be serviced.
Shared storage facilities between CWCWD and LTWD consist of a one million-gallon tank and a five million-gallon tank located near the filter plants at Carter Lake. The District also maintains supplemental and emergency connections with a number of other water supply systems.
MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
The District has completed a large transmission line in conjunction with LTWD. This 42-inch diameter ductile iron water line runs from Carter Lake Filter Plants east to I-25 and then south to Weld County Road 38 and I-25. The transmission line was designed to meet the needs of both water districts for at least the next 30 years. Carter Lake Filter Plant has brought on line a 10 million gallon a day (MGD) expansion to the South Plant. This brings the total capacity of the two treatment plants to 36 MGD.