From The Durango Herald (Patrick Young):
Dick Lunceford, president of the water district, told the town board that a joint venture could benefit both entities. “Bayfield needs a new treatment plant at some point here fairly soon, and of course, us having passed our mill levy, we’re going to be moving forward to deliver water to our customers,” Lunceford said Tuesday. Both the town and the district will be getting their water from Vallecito Reservoir via the Pine River. Rather than having two separate facilities drawing water from the same source, Lunceford proposed the district and town share construction and operating expenses based upon water sales to each entity. The board agreed to enter into talks with the district, though trustees expressed some skepticism.
Trustee Dan Ford voiced cautious support, but he had concerns about the financial liability a joint operation could place on the town should the district fail to pay its share.