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Colorado Water

Costilla Water Regulations
  • Full Codes: Read about Colorado’s full list of codes and regulations for wells and cisterns HERE 

  • Rainwater: Colorado passed a bill to legalize rainwater collection in water cisterns. You can read about it HERE.

  • Costilla County Planning & Zoning: Planning and zoning can answer some questions you might have about regulations for building your off-grid water system. Their website is HERE and you can call them at (719) 937-7668.

  • CO Division of Water Resources: Call (719) 589-6683 to obtain a well permit and inquire about water rights or email at

Costilla Water Resources
  • Moreland Mercantile LLC can deliver up to 1,000 gallons from Wild Horse Mesa water system and charges $.15/gallon. To set up a delivery, call (720) 483-1105. *Moreland Mercantile also offers other services such as snow plowing, tractor work, handyman repairs, small laundry, and general repairs.

  • San Luis Water Department: sells 500 gallons of drinking water for $25. People with cisterns will often mount a 300 or 500 gallon water tank on a trailer to get the water from San Luis.

  • Cistern Installers & Retailers: Check out Valley Pump Co. HERE

  • Sangre de Cristo Water Services: They will deliver water to SDCR and Forbes Park (719) 379-3263. It is $6.50 per mile to travel to your location, $100 for 1,000 gallons of water with a 1,000 minimum.

  • Heersink Drilling and Pumps: They drill wells in the San Luis Valley (719) 589-5407. Website is HERE

Costilla Water FAQ
  • How deep will I need to dig my well to get to water? Each property is different and you will not know the exact depth needed until you actually start digging it, but you can look at the chart below to view the approximate depths needed for each area. If you’re not sure which area the property is in that you’re interested in, just text us at (470) 264-5997 and we can help you out with that.

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