Public Works Department
The Town of Mancos Public Works Department is divided into two main areas. They are the streets/utility distribution (water & sewer) and the water/wastewater plants operation.
Robin Schmittel, as our Public Works Director, operates the water and wastewater plants and assists with the water and sewer distribution.
Jeffrey Watenpaugh is our Streets Supervisor. He is also responsible for water and sewer distribution. He supervises the Public Works Technicians. Caleb Long is Public Works Technician II. The Public Works Technician III position is held by Jason Nowlin.
Snow removal is done by the Public Works Streets Crew when accumulations reach approximately four inches. Removal starts around 3:30 in the morning to accommodate early risers. CDOT crews plow Grand Avenue and Main Street, and Town crews plow all secondary streets. Alleys are cleared only after all primary streets are cleared first.
In the event of a water and/or sewer emergency after hours, please contact Cortez Dispatch at (970) 565-8441.
Except for Main Street, and Grand Avenue, most streets in town are gravel. The Town coats the streets with mag chloride to keep the dust down. Some storm drainage has been accomplished, but the Town has been working to upgrade its system.
The Town’s drinking water comes from the West Mancos River. Water is diverted from the river either through the Town’s diversion structure on the river, or through a supply stored at Jackson Gulch Reservoir. Current treatment capacity is one million gallons per day, and plant operation requires a Class B license.For more information about the Town’s water situation, including information about how the Town manages drought situations, please click on Water Management Plan. Wastewater is treated in an aerated lagoon system, then discharged back into the Mancos River downstream from the Town. Plant operation requires a Class D license.At this time the Town has been working to improve its water distribution and wastewater collection systems. This effort stems from a need to replace 50-year old clay pipes, as well as provide adequate infrastructure support for a growing population and business community.
|Residential:||$63.00 per month|
|Commercial:||$64.50 per month|
|Churches/Schools/Government:||$63.50 per month|
|Out-of-Town:||All Users Double In-Town Rate|
|Base Gallons Allowed: 10,000|
A late fee of $10.00 per account shall be assessed on any bill which is not paid by the due date. Any bill which is carried for more than two consecutive billing cycles is subject to possible shut-off and a turn-off/turn-on penalty of $20.00 in addition to any late fees and past due amounts, all which shall be paid prior to reestablishment of service.
A Tap fee is hereby levied and assessed for any water connection made to any of the water lines or mains owned by the Town of Mancos, Colorado, and from the effective date of this Ordinance there shall be a tap fee paid prior to making any connection, in the following amounts:
|Water Meter Size||Water Tap Fee Plus Installation|
|¾"||$4,878 tap fee plus installation & parts|
|1"||tap fee is negotiated|
|1 ½"||tap fee is negotiated|
|2"||tap fee is negotiated|
|Over 2"||tap fee is negotiated|
All users located outside the city limits shall be charged double the above rates. Commercial users classified as Hotel/Motel or Restaurant or other potential high user shall be required to purchase a minimum of a 1 ½" tap.
A tap fee is hereby levied, accessed, and charged for any sewer connection made to any of the sewer lines owned by the Town of Mancos, Colorado, and from the effective date of this Ordinance there shall be a tap fee paid, prior to making such connection, in the following amounts:
|Sewer Hook-up & Line Size||Sewer Tap Fee|
|¾" Hook-Up; 4" Line Size||$4,878.00 tap fee plus installation & parts|
|1" Hook-Up; 6" Line Size||tap fee is negotiated|
|1 ½" Hook-Up; 6" Line Size||tap fee is negotiated|
No water or sewer service can be extended to any property outside of the Town's corporate limits without the property owner first signing a pre-annexation agreement with the Town.