Bottled water donations assist subdivision that has been without potable water for more than a year

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FARMINGTON — Since the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management issued a challenge to people to donate water to residents of the beleaguered Harvest Gold subdivision, local residents, businesses and nonprofits have answered the call to action. 

A total of 15 pallets of water have been donated in the past two weeks, according to San Juan County Office of Emergency Manager Mike Mestas. Pallets contain more than 70 cases, or 1,700 bottles, of water.

The subdivision has been on a boil-water advisory for more than a year. San Juan County is working on short-term remedies to provide people with potable water. Meanwhile, the city of Bloomfield is working to get a pipeline built that will eventually supply residents with clean drinking water on a permanent basis.

Basin Home Health, United Rentals, ConocoPhillips, Enterprise Products, CH2M, Western Refining and Encana are among the businesses that donated pallets of water. The water donations can be dropped off at McGee Park.

Members of the Retired Farmington Firefighters group went door to door Thursday and delivered bottled water to residents.

The Farmington third ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints collected bottled water through a water drive during a church picnic in a park Thursday in Farmington. The ward donated more than one pallet of cases of bottled water to residents.

People from Lindreth and Lybrook also have brought bottled water to McGee Park to be donated to the residents.

 

"We have a great community, and the community cares," Mestas said.

The county is also trying to address the daily water outages in the Harvest Gold subdivision. The outages occur because the pump at the Harvest Gold water system treatment plant is unable to meet demand.

Mestas said the county is hoping to get pumps for the treatment pond to solve the problems with the daily outages. He said that will not provide clean water, but it will ensure that residents have the ability to run swamp coolers and flush their toilets.

He said the county also is trying to get a water tank purchased for the subdivision using emergency funding. The water tank would be placed in the subdivision, and residents could go to it to fill containers with potable water.

Mestas said it will take time to get the pumps and tank to the neighborhood.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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