The Cherokee Metropolitan District (CMD) was originally established in 1957. It is a not-for-profit, quasi-municipal governmental entity that was formed per Title 32 of the Colorado Revised State Statutes. The services provided are primarily water and sanitary sewer operations for Cimarron Hills customers (and others described below) as well as maintenance of street lighting. For a more detailed history of CMD, click here.
As CMD expanded over the years, community parks (1992) and the golf course (1995) became part of the service area.
The District lies outside the city limits of Colorado Springs located east of and adjacent to the City of Colorado Springs, in El Paso County. CMD is bounded by Peterson Air Force Base on the south and by Powers Boulevard on the west. Its north boundary is located approximately two miles north of Constitution Avenue to Barnes Road. The Eastern boundary follows Highway 24 approximately one mile east of Marksheffel Road to Constitution Avenue. The boundaries then follow Constitution Avenue west to a point one-half mile east of Marksheffel Road (see attached District Map). The District encompasses roughly 6300 acres and serves some 17,945 customers and also includes an area roughly 20 miles east of the main District boundaries near Ellicott, which encompasses 800 acres with nearly 100 additional residential taps.
The CMD staff consists of thirty-one full time employees, including three full time Customer Service Professionals, sixteen Colorado State Certified Water Professionals, and twelve State Certified Wastewater Professionals.
Water customers, outside the boundaries of the District, include the Schriever Air Force Base (SAFB) and Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District (Woodmen Hills). SAFB is located approximately nine miles east of the District alongside the main transmission line. The Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District is located 6 miles east, northeast, of the northern most area of the Cherokee boundaries along Woodmen Road and Meridian Road. Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District is a bulk water user and is allowed up to 350 acre feet of water per year.
We are often asked why the District includes areas that are outside of the original boundaries. It’s simple. Expanding the number of customers served by the District helps to leverage a more cost-effective “economy of scale” as fixed costs are absorbed by a larger number of consumers. CMD has also been and will continue to be very open and supportive of the United States Military and their families, most notably in regards to accommodating those serving at Schriever Air Force Base.
We invite you to review other areas of the website to better understand all of the ways in which the Cherokee Metropolitan District serves its customers as we continually update customer services and provide timely information.
Our mission is to meet or exceed our customer’s needs by providing uninterrupted water and sewer service, quality water, clean parks and well lit streets; to continually strive to attain the highest quality service at a reasonable cost; and to prepare for the anticipated needs and requirements of our current and future customers.