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County may seek declaration of emergency for Harvest Gold
San Juan County Commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Aztec
FARMINGTON — Mike Mestas, the director of the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management, said he will ask the county commission about a declaration of emergency for the Harvest Gold subdivision.
The subdivision has been on a boil water advisory for more than a year. Because it was owned by a private water company, the county was limited in what type of help it could provide.
On Thursday, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved an agreement that would transfer the system to a community-owned water association.
County Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 100 S. Oliver Dr. in Aztec. County Operations Officer Mike Stark said they will discuss the declaration during Tuesday's meeting and likely ratify it at the following commission meeting.
Mestas said he is waiting for copies of the final agreements showing the water system in Harvest Gold has been transferred from AV Water Co. to the newly formed Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association.
If the county chooses to pursue a declaration of emergency, it would need to be sent to the state and ultimately signed by the governor.
In the meantime, residents can use showers at McGee Park or the San Juan College Human Health and Performance Centers. They can fill up water containers at McGee Park, the Aztec RV Park or the Bloomfield fire station.
Stark said the county is dedicated to making sure the residents are taken care of before and after the city of Bloomfield builds an interconnection between the two water systems.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.