District water mains are buried either in public rights of way or within waterline & utility easements. Although every effort has been made to utilize public rights of way, in certain cases utility easements have been platted within private property. If the title work on your property shows a water pipeline or utility easement, please be aware that there is an underground water line or other utilities installed within the easement. It is important that this water line is accessible to the District in case of a line break, or for routine maintenance.
Homeowners that have utility easements crossing their properties have a legal obligation to not allow encroachment of the easement with either constructed improvements or landscape plantings which will interfere with the maintenance and potential replacement of District facilities. It is the policy of the District to protect the territorial integrity of its water line easements. In the event that it is discovered that a property owner has allowed encroachment into a utility easement, the District will inform the owner of such encroachment. Failure of the home owner to remove the encroachment will result in the owner being held liable for the cost of the removal, and in the event of a delay in making the necessary repairs, the home owner can be held liable for the cost associated with the delay. Please check with the District before planning structures, fencing or extensive landscaping near or in an easement. If you have any questions concerning fencing or plantings within a utility easement contact the District Office.
Water Line Locates
The District locates its water lines free of charge to contractors and homeowners alike. If you are planning to dig, build a fence, plant some trees, etc., call the Utility Notification Center of Colorado at 811 to request District water line locates.
You may come home from work and find paint marks and little flags of several colors in the street and in your yard. It is a law in Colorado that any person who digs or excavates must request utility locates of the area, and the District and other utilities are required to locate and mark their utility lines if requested. Please do not remove the flags or locate sheets from the area, as the person who is digging needs to know where the various utilities are located so they do not break them.