Sewer is provided by the City of Salida


All tap fees and service fees are paid to Salida

 Utilities.  For more information visit Salida

 Utilities Website

The sewer system was transferred to the City of Salida through two Intergovernmental Agreements:

Transfer of Sewer System

Provision of Sewer Services

The Town of Poncha Springs and the City of Salida entered into agreements in 2010 to create a unified sewer system, designed to serve all existing and future customers of both municipalities. Importantly, the City and the Town agreed at that time that all customers of the unified system would pay the exact same rates for tap fees and sewer service. Those agreements have served both communities well since that time.

However, Salida has recently decided to unilaterally refuse access to the sewer system for new customers in Poncha Springs unless the Town agrees to revise the 2010 agreements to place the (estimated $14M) cost of a new interceptor only on Poncha Springs customers. This is contrary to the 2010 agreements and is having the effect of shutting down all development in Poncha Springs - another violation of the 2010 agreements as Salida agreed to assume immediate and sole duty and responsibility for financing, operating, maintaining, improving and expanding the sewer system serving Poncha Springs' existing and future corporate limits.  Salida further agreed to operate, maintain, and expand the sewer system to accommodate and not inhibit planned growth and development within Poncha Springs.

The Town has tried repeatedly to come to agreement with the City on this issue, but the City has consistently held to the position that this is solely a Poncha Springs cost - and that is simply not what the 2010 agreements say. Because of Salida's action in unlawfully refusing sewer service to new Poncha Springs customers, the Town was left with no alternative other than bringing suit against the City to enforce the rights that it bargained for in 2010. The Town is joined in that suit by the project developers of the Tailwind and Full Views developments, both of which have been denied sewer service and whose developments are completely halted by Salida's actions.

The Town continues to have optimism that the City will come to recognize the Town's rights under the agreements, but in the meantime, will vigorously act to enforce those rights in court.

333 Burnett Avenue / PO Box 190 / Poncha Springs, CO 81242 / Phone: 719-539-6882 / Fax: 719-539-6898