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FARMINGTON — The cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management met with local officials Tuesday about the water problems in the Harvest Gold subdivision.

Based on that meeting, M. Jay Mitchell will meet with state engineers and advisers in Santa Fe to determine a course of action.

"There were all the players that needed to be at the table," County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter said after he got out of the meeting Tuesday afternoon.

He said the New Mexico Environment Department and the Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, the newly formed organization that is taking over operation of the troubled Harvest Gold water system, had representatives at the meeting. The association took over the water system earlier this year from the AV Water Co. as residents have been on a boil-water advisory for more than a year.

"They're trying to help us out," said Ammon Burton, the president of the Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association.

Residents have been running out of water almost nightly, and the water they do receive is not suitable for drinking.

"We are going to come up with something for fresh drinking water," Burton said.

Carpenter said the county is committed to doing whatever it can to help the residents.

"We have the ball moving in the right direction to try to get water for these people," he said.

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