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The East Lakewood Sanitation District is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado, and was organized by order and decree in the 1950s. The District is governed pursuant to provisions of the Colorado Special District Act (Title 32, Article I, Colorado Revised Statutes).

ELSD is located wholly within Jefferson County, and the City of Lakewood, and was established to construct, maintain and operate a wastewater collection system, with treatment provided by Metro Wastewater Reclamation District.

The District has no debt and no employees, and all operations and administrative functions are contracted.