CPOW Member Appreciation Day

Free To Members - August 5, 2016

Mark your calendars! CPOW will be holding a "Member Appreciation Day" on August 5, 2016 at Shadows Ranch located at 1259 Alvarado Rd, Georgetown, CO 80444 and will move to the Georgetown Heritage Center in the afternoon. This educational event is free to all CPOW members; and that includes lunch! The event will start with demonstrations at Shadows Ranch of a full scale non-pressurized drip dispersal system (NDDS), pressure distribution soil treatment area piping demonstration, soil test pit evaluation and use permit inspection of the existing onsite wastewater treatment system on the property. The field demonstrations will be followed by lunch and a series of case studies presented at the Georgetown Heritage Center. The day will wrap up with field trips to the Georgetown Wastewater Treatment Plant and a commercial onsite wastewater treatment system.

If you have a 10-15-minute regulatory or engineering case study you would like to present please contact Kate Carney at cpow@cpow.net.

We look forward to seeing you at this hands-on learning and networking experience.

 Register online now!


Residential Rain Barrels Now Legal in CO

Writen by: Michael Weakley, CPOW President-Elect & Elaine Hassinger Water Quality Specialist, Tri-County Health Department

Rain barrels can be an inexpensive way to supplement outdoor water usage, promote water conservation, and divert rain water away from septic systems. House Bill 16-1005, which goes into effect on August 10, 2016, allows the collection of up to 110 gallons of rainwater at a time with the following stipulations.

• Precipitation is collected from the rooftop of a building that is used primarily as a single-        family residence or a multi-family residence with 4 or fewer units.

• The collected precipitation is used on the residential property on which the precipitation is      collected.

• The collected precipitation is applied to outdoor purposes such as lawn irrigation and              gardening. 

• The collected precipitation can’t be used for drinking water or indoor household purposes.

• The rain barrels must have sealable lids to prevent mosquito breeding in standing water.

While House Bill 16-1005 allows all rain barrels in residential circumstances, Senate Bill 09-080, which was passed in 2009, allows for homeowners on properties served by domestic wells to obtain a permit to harvest greater than 110 gallons of rain water. The property owner must apply for a permit through the Colorado Division of Water Resources and harvested rain water may be used only for purposes identified in their well permit. This law operates independently from House Bill 16-1005 and allows for a greater amount of rain water to be collected using any type of storage structure.

More information about rain barrels and rainwater harvesting can be found at: http://water.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/RainwaterCollection/Pages/default.aspx

CPOW Educational Schedule

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Remember to register online.

CPOW Membership Appreciation Day, August 5, 2016, Georgetown, CO

NAWT Inspector Class, November 17-18, 2016, Lakewood, CO

Additional Courses may be offered if there is demand shown.

Please contact cpow@cpow.net if you are interested in additional classes.