History of LHWD

 

In 1960 a small group of farmers and other rural land owners in Boulder County decided to build a domestic water supply and distribution system to serve families that were dependant on wells and cisterns for their drinking water. They formed the Left Hand Domestic Water Users Association.

In order to finance the estimated $1.25 million needed to launch the new water system, five different associations were formed in 1961 to each apply for maximum loans from the Farmers Home Administration (FHA). The Left Hand Land and Water Company was also organized at this time to obtain land for the construction of the water filter plant, reservoirs, and transmission lines.

By the fall of 1961, FHA changed its loan limit per association from $250,000 to $1,000,000. As a result, the associations restructured into two companies; the Left Hand Water Supply Company, which was to build and maintain the water system; and the Foothills Water Users Association, which was to provide the water supply and distribution functions. The founders of the system then set about obtaining the 650 members necessary to close on the new loans to finance the system.

The Left Hand Water system has seen many changes over the years. In 1962 residents east of the City of Boulder requested service from Left Hand, and joined as the Boulder Valley Water Users Association. In 1963, Left Hand Land and Water Company was dissolved and became the Left Hand Water Supply Company. New rural customers were added in southwest Weld County. In 1968, the existing companies were merged into the Left Hand Water Supply Company. In 1990, the electors of the Left Hand Water Supply Company voted to become the Left Hand Water District, a quasi-municipal water activity enterprise, organized under the regulations of the State.

Public information on Directors, elections, and finances is available at the District administration office located at 6800 Nimbus Road, Niwot.

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