Merrick Congratulates Bear Creek Water and Sanitation District on its 50 Years

Aurora, CO – August 15, 2012– Merrick & Company ( applauds Bear Creek Water and Sanitation District ( which turns 50 this month. The District was established on August 20, 1962 and formed as a "quasi-municipal" corporation under Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 32, to provide a method to bring public water and sanitary sewer services to the Bear Creek Valley area. The District covers four square miles in the City of Lakewood and unincorporated Jefferson County and is bound by Wadsworth Boulevard, Iliff Avenue, Hampden Avenue, and Bear Creek Lake in Lakewood, CO.  Today, Bear Creek Water and Sanitation District serves a population of approximately 35,000.

For the past 20 years as District Engineer, Merrick has provided a multitude of engineering consulting services including master planning, operations planning, conceptual design, final design, cost estimating, budgeting, design review services, construction administration, and construction inspection services. Merrick’s Barney Fix PE, PMP, has offered a total of 24 years of service to the District as a District Engineer, beginning in 1988, and 20 of those years as a Merrick representative. “It’s been enjoyable working with Bear Creek because of their desire to be on the cutting edge of technology which provides their constituents with lower cost and better quality for both the Water and Wastewater systems. They’re always focused on ways to better serve their constituents,” said Fix. “The District’s mission is also to provide public water and sanitary sewer services in a safe, efficient, and sustainable manner, while meeting all statutory and regulatory requirements, “adds Sandra “Sam” Boster, District Manager of Bear Creek Water and Sanitation, for over 25 years.

Bear Creek Water and Sanitation District has progressed over the past 50 years from initial and subsequent bonded indebtedness to being debt-free since 1999. With this fiscal soundness, come long-term projections for replacement of capital assets and sustainable services to its customers.  Long-term financial projections tie into the District’s master plan for Public Water and Sanitary Sewer Systems and its preventative, predictive and planned Field Operations and Maintenance Program protect the assets of the District.  “These vital programs have been implemented and continue for more than half of the District’s existence by the Board of Directors, staff, district engineers, district field operations contractor C&L Water Solutions, Inc., and the District’s legal counsel,” adds Boster.