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Southwest Metro Water District continuing fee discussions
In the April 2013 edition of Your Water from the Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, as well as previous district website updates, Southwest Metropolitan customers have been advised that the district is experiencing significant revenue reductions at the same time aging and deteriorating infrastructure is requiring large capital expenditures.
The board is continuing to study its options for maintaining a healthy, stable financial position without imposing an unreasonable burden on existing customers. The board recently decided to delay implementation of a service fee until completion of the 2014 budget and update of the 10-year financial plan later this year. The board also instructed staff to pursue further customer outreach to explain and receive community comments on the district’s financial position.
In response, district staff will again request the opportunity to attend as many homeowner association and community organization meetings as possible. If you are interested in receiving an informative, important presentation about district services and finances, please contact Alyssa Quinn at 303-979-2333 or alquinn@plattecanyon.org. The district manager, Patrick Fitzgerald also welcomes citizen questions and comments at 303-979-2333, or e-mail pjfitzgerald@plattecanyon.org.
Southwest Metropolitan is a quasi-municipal government that provides water distribution and wastewater collection services to 17,400 residential and 300 commercial accounts in Arapahoe, Jefferson and Douglas counties. The district service boundaries are South of Bowles Avenue, west of Santa Fe Drive, and north and east of C-470. For more information on the Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District and the services it provides, visit www.swmetrowater.org.
The Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District

Honeybees need our help
There has been a spate of articles recently on the national honeybee crisis. Losses for the 2012-13 winter were expected to be in the 40 percent to 50 percent range. Colorado citizens may think this is not a problem here — but it is. Colorado bees in general, and honeybees in particular, are in trouble, too.
The Colorado State Beekeepers Association would like to encourage every Colorado citizen to help the honeybees — and other important pollinators — by doing three three simple things.
• Plant more flowers. Bees and other pollinators love flowers! Flowers love bees! Each is integral to the success of the other. Around here, most of the flowers that bees love are also drought tolerant, too. An added bonus!
Not sure what to plant? Consult your local nursery or garden center for advice on seeds and plants.
• Quit using pesticides — all pesticides, but especially insecticides and herbicides. Bees fly quite a long way from their hive and, as a result, are exposed to lots of these products. Too many, as it turns out, and it is a contributing factor in these staggering losses. Put away those pesticides, and while you are at the nursery, talk to them about bee-friendly practices and products for your lawn and garden.
• Swarm season is right around the corner. Swarms are extremely important to Colorado’s beekeeping community, as they represent “survival stock” — the bees that have survived a Colorado winter. Swarms are quite gentle but can be quite disconcerting due to the sheer number of bees within them (on average, about 10,000). Do not hurt a swarm! Visit www.coloradobeekeepers.org and click on “Swarm Hotline” to contact a beekeeper to pick up the swarm for free.
Thank you for your help. Please encourage your neighbors and friends to participate, too. Together, we can improve the health of bees and pollinators in our own communities.
Beth Conrey
Colorado State Beekeepers Association