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Compromise in the works in the Castle Pines water controversy

Posted: 6:43 PM, Jul 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-31 21:17:12-04
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DENVER -- A month after a water conflict inside one of Colorado’s most beautiful and exclusive communities, it appears the two sides are nearing a resolution.

Back in June, a Contact7 Investigation uncovered the sale of pristine Castle Pines Village drinking water to a construction company that was dumping the water on dirt in neighboring Elbert County.

The investigation started when two residents reached out to Denver7 frustrated with a mixed message from their water board. Jerry Schofield and Tad Walden tried to get answers to questions about why more than seven million gallons of their community’s water was loading into tanker trucks and driving more than 20 miles to Elbert County. Both residents were frustrated to watch the water drive away at a time when the water board was asking everyone in the community to conserve.

Since the Contact7 Investigates report, the water board and the homeowner’s association called special meeting to address the concerns and work towards a resolution. At a recent board meeting, Chairman Dick Munday specifically spoke to Schofield and Walden during the public meeting. “We share your concerns,” he said. Adding, “I will only one more time say, we are sorry about what transpired in the last quarter of last year.” Munday had previously apologized to the entire community during an interview with Denver7.

“When you have to right a wrong, that’s a very easy thing to do when everybody gets to know it was a wrong being done,” added Walden after the recent homeowner’s meeting. He believes his community is on the road to repairing the conflict that has dominated community discussions for the past month.

Following the recent meetings, Castle Pines Village is now scheduling neighborhood symposiums to discuss and understand the future water plan for the community. Also, now committees are organizing to discuss a new water master plan.

Earlier this month, the water board elected to fire it’s district water manager saying board members had lost confidence in him.

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