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Glenwood Springs raw water supply ‘disrupted’, ‘non essential water use’ should stop immediately

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Glenwood Springs Post Independent
City employees work to repair a water main break on Red Mountain Drive on Wednesday. The city of Glenwood Springs told residents to stop all "non-essential" water usage for at least 24 hours.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

A raw water supply line rupture along Red Mountain Drive on Wednesday was likely a result of aging infrastructure, a city of Glenwood Springs news release said.

The rupture emptied Glenwood’s water treatment plant of potable water, leaving the city with only its reserve tanks, which can hold about 5 million gallons of water. Raw water supply lines feed into the city’s water treatment plant, where the water is treated before being distributed to residents and businesses.

The city’s tap water is safe to drink, but the raw water shortage reduced the treatment plant’s ability to provide clean water beyond what is available in reserve, making water conservation vital.

In response to the emergency, the city asked residents and businesses to stop all non-essential water usage.

City staff clarified non-essential water usage includes irrigation, dishwashing machines, washing machines and car washes.

Essential water usage includes: drinking, restroom usage, water for cooking and basic hygiene such as short showers. Restaurants fall under essential usage and have not been asked to close, Glenwood Springs spokesperson Hannah Klausman said.

However, the city has contacted major water users, such as school districts and companies with large irrigation systems, asking they shut down non-essential water use for now. The city of Glenwood Springs has also turned off irrigation systems for its parks.

Water restrictions could remain in place until the line is repaired and the water treatment plant has refilled, but city staff could not provide a timeline Wednesday for either.

A large section of Red Mountain Drive was affected by the rupture and repair efforts, so travel to and from Mountain Springs Ranch, Red Mountain and the area nearby the Glenwood Springs water plant is closed, the news release stated. Emergency supplies to help in the repairs were provided to the city by the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Eagle River Water and Sanitation District.

Until repairs are complete, the area’s only road access will be via Three Mile Road.

City staff will notify residents when the road is repaired and re-opened.

“Hang tight, and don’t panic,” Mayor Jonathan Godes said. “I am proud of our staff that acted quickly as well as staff working tirelessly to fix the issue. Thank you to all water users for their efforts to reduce water usage while we work to fix the line.”


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