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Colorado Water Utility Council
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Committee Purpose

To develop programs to initiate, evaluate, respond and comment within the framework of the Rocky Mountain section and the Association policies on legislative, regulatory, and other matters which directly affect water utilities of Colorado.

Committee Responsibilities

Develop policy positions among members to affect state and federal legislative and administrative processes.


Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. Meeting sites vary.

Serenity Valdez

Board Liaison
Sean Lieske 
Aurora Water

History of the Colorado Water Utility Council

The Colorado Water Utility Council (CWUC) was organized in 1988 by folks in the water treatment business that were concerned with the number of proposed laws and regulations drafted each year that could place tremendous constraints on our industry. Many of these individuals were spending long hours trying to inform legislators and congressional representatives of the importance of water related issues. It did not take long for these individuals to learn that a joint effort could cover a lot more territory than they had been doing individually. So was formed the "Colorado Water Utility Council".

The Council is an alliance of drinking water providers from throughout the State of Colorado organized under the auspices of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association. Our membership is concerned with federal and state laws, regulations, and policies that can affect our ability to provide an adequate supply of high quality drinking water to the general public. At the present time, our membership serves treated water to over 80 percent of the population of Colorado located on both the east and west slopes of the Continental Divide.

The Council is organized around five committees which analyze proposed changes to state and federal laws, distribute their analysis and insight to members, which then call on legislators who represent members of the Council. We encourage all members to contact their legislators and Congressmen whenever possible. Through this sharing of ideas we can help each other and be much more effective in less time.

State Water Legislation

We have provided a brief summary of water bills that have been introduced thus far in the Colorado State Legislature. Senate bills are listed first with House bills following. The bills are organized by number and not importance to water users. A brief description of the bill is given first, followed by a statement explaining its impact on water utilities. We have also tried to include the location of the bill in the legislative process at the State Capitol. The number of the bill, the title and the sponsor in the Senate and House are given prior to the brief summary.

Click here to go directly to a review of Colorado water related legislation.

CWUC Operating Procedures