One of the submittal requirements for application of a building permit is evidence of a potable water supply to the property. Typically this evidence is provided in the form of a water tap contract or recent water bill from a public entity, or a well drilling permit from the State Division of Water Resources or evidence of an existing well. In some rare cases, however, none of the above options are practicable. Therefore, under certain circumstances, a cistern may be accepted as a primary water supply.
A cistern as a primary water supply will only be permitted on parcels of land which were legally created prior to June 1, 1972, and on parcels which are thirty five (35) acres or larger. A cistern as a primary water supply will only be permitted after all other options for water have been exhausted without success. If you are proposing a cistern as your primary water source, it will be necessary for you to provide the following documentation to the Building Department.
- A written disapproval of a well permit application from the Colorado Division of Water Resources or a written statement from a licensed water well driller indicating a dry well. The written statement from the driller must include a copy of the driller's log of the well.
- A contract or written statement from a bulk water supplier that bulk water is available for sale to you.
- An executed form letter concerning the use of bulk water and a cistern. The form letter may be obtained, signed and notarized at the Building Department.
Fremont County provides no assurance or representation that the use of bulk water and a cistern will be an approved or an acceptable long-term source of potable water.
THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT BULK WATER WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, AND FREMONT COUNTY HAS NO AUTHORITY OR JURISDICTION WHATSOEVER OVER WATER SUPPLIERS OR THEIR DECISION TO SELL WATER IN BULK TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC