Real estate and development partners:

As many of you know, the State of Colorado recently adopted a revised version of Regulation 43, governing on-site wastewater in the state. San Juan Basin Public Health must adopt a new on-site wastewater treatment regulation that meets or exceeds the requirements of the new Regulation 43. We have spent the past several months meeting with many of you, and with wastewater industry professionals, our County partners, and the State, to develop a proposed 2018 OWTS regulation.

The proposed regulation was published to our website today for public comment, and is attached to this email. The major change we are proposing is to refer to the design criteria located in Regulation 43 by reference, rather than repeat several pages of design criteria that are already written. As such, you may wish to review the new version of Regulation 43 here: As a reminder, SJBPH is not permitted to make the local OWTS regulations less restrictive than Regulation 43.

We always appreciate constructive feedback from our stakeholders. I am available for informal feedback and discussion anytime. If you or your organization wish to make a formal public comment, and receive an official response that will be incorporated into the record presented to the Board of Health, please email by COB Tuesday, October 10, with “2018 OWTS Regulations” in the subject line.

The Board of Health will consider the proposal at a public hearing on October 26th, at 9 AM, in the Commissioners’ Room at the Archuleta County Building, 398 Lewis Street, Pagosa Springs. The public hearing is another opportunity for your participation.


Thank you all,

Brian Devine, MS

Water Quality Program Manager


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