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
The District works closely with NOCO Engineering Company to evaluate long term water demands and secure necessary water resources to meet future demands. The District has an ongoing program of water right acquisition. MCQWD currently holds appropriations of 2874 acre feet of water in District rights plus an additional 1928 shares of Colorado Big Thompson water. The District has reserved the option to purchase an additional 1500 units of CBT water. Furthermore, the District is currently a participant in the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) that will yield up to 1300 acre feet of CBT water with storage of up to 6500 acre feet in the Glade portion of the NISP project.
The District is required to post transparency information for all its customers to review. Please click here to see this information: 2019 Transparency Notice