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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
County Delays Action On Water Standards
(2007-09-05)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Final approval has been delayed for tough new water quality and quantity standards, that could slow development in rural La Plata County.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The water quality and quantity standards would apply to subdivisions of five or more units and bring the county in line with state laws on water supplies.
It's felt the new rules would stimulate development of rural water systems to serve new and existing developments, in part by forbidding any new water hauling for new homes.
That prompted several members of the public, including former County Commissioner Sheryl Ayres who lives in Southwest La Plata County to push for a delay of approval during a meeting of the county commissioners on Tuesday.
AYRES: I THINK THAT THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT QUITE READY FOR ADOPTION BECAUSE I THINK IT DOES NEED A PARAGRAPH WHICH ALLOWS FOR SOME EXCEPTIONS IN PARTS OF THE COUNTY.
County Commissioner Kelly Hotter agreed with Ayres and others that water hauling should be allowed on a limited basis.
HOTTER: I STILL BELIEVE THAT THE WATER HAULING ISSUE IS AN ISSUE ON THE TABLE, IT'S A REAL LIFE ISSUE TO MANY AREAS.
But commissioner Joelle Riddle argued most vehemently against any exceptions.
RIDDLE: BY ALLOWING WATER HAULING TO TAKE PLACE, THEREFORE WE PREVENT THAT KIND OF, I WANT TO SAY, GROUNDSWELL, OR THAT PUSH BY US TO TAKE SOME KIND OF ACTION ON RURAL WATER SYSTEMS.
Commissioners set a final vote on the rules, perhaps with some amendments, for September 18th, the same day they'll consider a petition to create major water district in Southeast La Plata County.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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