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Triview Newsletter – June/July 2024

Triview’s Parks Ready for Summer

This spring, the Triview Parks team was busy getting the district’s parks ready for summer season, which is now here. The district’s newest park, the eight-acre Sanctuary Park, officially opened on May 31 with a party, live music, food trucks and more. In case you haven’t checked it out, it includes trails, a five-acre artificial turf field for soccer and lacrosse, and a covered pergola for events. As the 11th district park, it’s a collaboration between Classic Homes and Triview Metro District. The park was funded by parks and open space fees that were paid as part of the building permit paid by the home builder for your home. 

In addition to opening Sanctuary park, Burke Hollow Park will soon receive upgrades, including a new gazebo to provide much-needed shelter from the sun and rain. We will also replace trees and shrubs in our parks, as needed.  

Understanding the New Water Rate Increase Effective in June

As summer arrives, water usage in our district tends to increase dramatically. With more than 90% of our residents and businesses having upgraded to new digital water meters, tracking your usage has never been easier. Remember, water is billed in tiered rates based on how much you use – the more water you use, the higher the rate for each new tier. 

Why the Increase? 

The Triview Metro District board voted to increase water rates starting June 1, 2024, which is the first increase in several years. This decision ensures we can continue providing safe, reliable water services and maintain our infrastructure. With lawn sprinklers often running up to three times a week, it’s important to be mindful of your water use to manage your costs effectively. 

New Rates and What They Mean

The district has successfully completed a key component of Triview’s renewal water plan, known as the Northern Delivery System (NDS). This pipeline, which is connected to Colorado Springs Utilities’ (CSU) water distribution system, allows Triview to access its renewable water resources including renewable water rights and nearly 4,000 acre-feet of reservoir storage. The NDS pipeline is approximately six
miles in length and includes a pump station that will transfer treated water from CSU’s Highway 83 reservoir to our district’s C-Plant storage tank within the Sanctuary neighborhood and the district’s B-Plant storage tank located in Promontory Point. Full testing of the system will take place during July, with the official transition to renewable water occurring in late July or early August. The District’s existing groundwater supply will become a supplemental supply used to offset peak demands and serves as drought mitigation when Triview’s surface water supply produces less water.

CSU will charge the district $8.32 per 1,000 gallons of water. To cover our overhead and personnel costs, the district’s Tier 1 water rate will be $9.00 per 1,000 gallons. This small markup is necessary to ensure we continue providing quality service and maintain our infrastructure. Also, the monthly $40.00 renewable water fee used to pay debt service on bonds that were issued at approximately 3% interest rates in 2018 and 2020.  These bonds were used to purchase renewable water rights and build reservoir storage. The NDS was paid for using district cash primarily from tap fees and connection charges from new development. 

Road Repairs Near Completion

The Promontory Pointe road repairs are now complete, and work has started to add a turn lane off of Leather Chaps Drive onto Creekside Drive, adjacent to Bear Creek Elementary. Triview is installing this turn lane to create a safer experience for families who are dropping off and picking up young students. Installation of this turn lane will involve widening Leather Chaps Drive to accommodate the additional lane. The work should be completed by mid-July. 

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