The MCQWD system is a special district that was formed in 1976 and constructed in 1978 through the Farmers Home Administration. The MCQWD is a rural/domestic water supplier of drinking water to farms, homes and businesses.
Water Supply and Treatment
Quality Water customers receive their water from the Hay Gulch, San Arroyo and Beaver Creek aquifers. The eight wells are appropriated approximately 2800 acre feet of water per year. The average household uses about 7/10 of an acre-foot of water per year. On average, the district supplies 60 million gallon of water per month or 2 million gallon per day (MGD). The peak summer demand can increase up to 3.8 MGD.
Since the ground water source was utilized, treatment was not necessary until 2009. Due to state regulation changes Quality Water, along with all other water districts, had to start chlorinating their systems.
The district maintains 2,750,000 gallons in three storage tanks.
MCQWD serves approximately 2900 taps to residents of Morgan County and the surrounding area. The District serves the rural areas of Morgan and Washington counties, including the towns of Snyder, Hillrose, Goodrich, Weldona, Log Lane Village, Orchard, and Jackson Lake State Park. The system currently serves an area in excess of 650 square miles.
The distribution system consists of more than 500 miles of pipelines that range in size from 2 inch to 16 inch in diameter.
Water Rights and Water Portfolio
MCQWD owns several types of water supplies. The original and still the most important source of water for the District is its Krause Well Field located east of Wiggins in the Lost Creek Designated Groundwater Basin. The District also owns the Weingardt and Smart Well Fields located in Morgan County that produce high quality water from the South Platte River alluvium. The District also owns the San Arroyo Well Field southwest of Fort Morgan that operates in conjunction with the District’s “CBT units,” which units provide water from the Colorado-Big Thompson Project operated by Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District that is delivered to the District through a pipeline from Carter Lake. The District works closely with NOCO Engineering Company to evaluate long-term water demands. In order to secure water to meet those future demands, the District has an ongoing program for acquisition of new water supplies. That program includes periodic purchases of additional CBT Units and participation in the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The NISP project is not expected to be completed or deliver water for several years. In addition, the District recently purchased the Black Mountain Well Field in the Lost Creek Basin northeast of Roggen, which it intends to use in large part to serve non-potable water to certain District customers with large water demands.
The District is required to post transparency information for all its customers to review. Please click here to see this information: Transparency Notice