Letter: Kourse, I applaud the work of the Three Lakes Water & Sanitation District
October 11, 2016
I applaud the work of the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District
In response to the September 14 piece in the Sky-Hi News, I’d like to set the record straight. The good news is that over the past 30 years over 4,000 property owners have connected to the sewer service provided by the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District. When those 4,000 homeowners connected to the system they likely wondered how they were going to afford it and would it be worth it. Thanks to all of those folks for being part of the solution. Every property that connects to the system assures that the property next door will be protected. Evidently some people believe they should be excluded from being part of the greater solution. Back in the 1970s, a functioning Colorado State Legislature created the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District to address the public health problems associated with septic and leach fields which were polluting domestic wells and the upper Colorado River watershed. How fortunate we were to have had a government that was willing to make tough decisions. The Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District board and manager have had the integrity to follow through on the mission to protect the public health by addressing the issues of continued development and when appropriate, requiring properties to connect to the system. The drinking water of all the residents of the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District will continue to be protected because concerned citizens have volunteered to be on that board and make educated decisions that ensure the safety and health of the community. Sally Blea has worked for the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District for over 30 years, has overseen the construction, operation and maintenance of this $40,000,000 system and her salary is commensurate with her experience and responsibility. Operating a wastewater treatment system above 8,000 feet in elevation in the Rocky Mountains is a challenge and I applaud the Three Lakes Board and its staff for their efforts and their success. Thanks for doing a difficult job and protecting the public health of everyone who lives in and visits the Three Lakes area.