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North Weld County
Water District

32825 CR 39
PO Box 56 Lucerne, CO 80646

Phone: 970.356.3020
Fax: 970.395.0997
E-mail: water@nwcwd.org Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

Current Information...

The District is currently seeking applicants for District Engineer.

For more information on the position, download the full description here. Applicants may submit a resume and references to Colleen McGehee.

Smart Watering Guidelines...

Currently, the District does not have watering restrictions in place.  We understand the importance of smart watering practices and ask that our customers be responsible and follow the basic rules of smart watering:
  1. Do not water during the heat of the day when evaporation can rob your landscape of water.  These hours are typically 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM but use your best judgment.

  2. Do not water on windy days when again your landscape is robbed by evaporation and re-direction of the water.

  3. Water deeply and less frequently to ensure that roots grow deep and strong.  Watering every third day or so is recommended for lawns and landscaping.  Try several new tools (deep root fork or a deep root needle) that deliver water directly and efficiently to the roots of trees and other larger shrubs.

  4. Make amendments to the soil to allow it to better retain moisture and provide plants with the fertilizer they need.  Mulch is amazing for water retention, temperature equilibrium, weed control, and making beds look neat and clean.  Mulch also naturally will decompose over time and allow beneficial organisms to help your soil become healthier.  Natural mulch may need to be added to every couple of years or just a simple rake or “fluff” with a pitchfork can revive that neat and fresh look.

Weld County has introduced real time road information.

To use the map, please go to www.co.weld.co.us/maps/publicinfrastructure/

Quick Tips:
  • Click on the Blue "I want to..." button to open/change visible map layers.
  • Click on the plus sign next to the "Road Maintenance" or "Road Closures" to expand the available menu options.
  • The red lines are the current closures and the purple lines are the scheduled/proposed closures.
  • Check the box by Road Maintenance to learn which roads are maintained by the County compared to which roads are maintained by the state.
  • Type an address into the search bar to view a specific location.
The District is currently involved in several long range projects such as several large subdivisions that will involve non-potable irrigation systems, and many District projects that include updating pump stations, looping lines, and installing a new waterline from the filter plant.

The District appreciates your patience while we work on these numerous projects that may cause low pressure or your water service to be out.  The District does its best to call all customers affected by a planned outage but in the case of an emergency leak, our main objective is to get the leak repaired and therefore we cannot contact customers.  It is always a good idea to have a reserve of water for emergency situations.  Bottled water has a long shelf life and during an emergency or unplanned outage can ease the inconvenience of the outage.

Cold Weather Tips.....

The same natural forces that trigger cold-weather breaks in NWCWD's mains can cause pipes to burst in your own household or business plumbing. Here are tips for avoiding costly damage.

Before Cold Weather Hits:
  • Know the location of your water shut-off valve and test it regularly. If a pipe breaks, you won't want to have to find it then or, worse, wait for someone to arrive at your place and find it for you. In most single-family homes, the shut off valve is in the basement or the crawlspace on a wall facing the road or street.
  • Turn off and drain automatic and manual sprinkler systems before the first freeze. You'll thank yourself in the spring. The alternate freezing and thawing of water in the system can create cracks and weak spots, triggering silent underground leaks or mini-geysers.
  • Turn off outdoor faucets and be sure to disconnect hoses from them. Make sure the faucet and the outside portion of the pipes are fully drained. A valve inside many houses will shut off the water's flow; then open and close the tap outside to release any water in the pipe.
  • Disconnect the hose to assure that freeze-proof faucets will drain and to avoid hose damage.
  • Winterize unheated or vacant buildings. Significant property damage and water loss can occur before burst pipes are discovered in vacant buildings. If your vacant building has a fire protection system, make sure there is no danger that the water servicing this system might freeze.
  • Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before. Pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements can be wrapped with insulation. Don't overlook pipes near windows which can quickly freeze. For particularly difficult pipes, consult a professional on how to select and apply heat tape. Caution: Improper use can cause fires.
  • Inspect your roof regularly for damage and remove debris from the roof and gutters. Ice dams are caused by melting snow above trickling down onto a colder section of your roof causing the water to freeze and create a dam. This dam can cause property damage. Remove the snow from your roof with a roof rake or push broom. Insulate and identify where the heat loss is occurring to make the roof more temperature consistent. Above all else - be careful!
  • Take it from us: Don't fall into a winter cold snap unprepared. Prevent the property damage, repair bills and inconvenience of bursting household pipes.
  • During a deep freeze (-5 degrees below): Keep cabinet doors leading to exposed pipes open (such as access doors for sinks), so that household air can warm them. The natural flow of warmer air will help combat many problems. If you have an attached garage, keep its doors shut. Occasionally, plumbing is routed through this unheated space, leaving it vulnerable to winter's worst. Crack a faucet farthest from the place where your water enters the house. A very slow drip will keep water molecules moving, reducing the chance that pipes will freeze. Place a bucket underneath the faucet so the water can be saved for other household uses. Keep your thermostat set above 65 degrees when leaving your house or business for several days.
  • If you think a pipe has already frozen: Don't wait for nature to take it's course: Thaw the pipe as soon as possible or call a plumber for help. If you do it yourself, shut off the water utilizing the valve in the house or crawlspace (call the District if you need the water at the meter shut off). You don't want the water suddenly gushing from the pipe when it thaws.
  • Remember: When thawing things, slower is better: a hair dryer trained at the frozen area of the pipe is appropriate. A blow torch is not. Pipes warmed too fast may break anyway. Heat tape is a preventive measure and in most cases will not thaw frozen pipes.

  • Thinking about Emergency Preparedness...

    The Colorado Office of Emergency Management offers this 72-Hour Emergency Kit List as a guideline for emergency preparedness.  This kit is very thorough and provides a good guide to all the items which must be considered in an emergency.