Mine waste in Animas River reaches Farmington

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

Officials say people who use water from wells in the Animas River floodplain and the San Juan River floodplain below the confluence should not use the water for drinking, cooking or bathing until it has been tested. Testing will be available at the San Juan County Fair on Monday.

Floodplain maps can be found at

Residents can obtain potable water at the Farmington Fire Station No. 6, 3101 W. Main St., until 5 p.m. today. There will also be water available at the station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Sunday. Sycamore Park Community Center will have water available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday. People who want water need to bring their own containers.

The city of Farmington shut off input from the Animas River into the drinking supply and maintains a 90 day water supply, according to a press release from the city. The city's water system is safe, officials said.

The city of Farmington is also setting up water troughs in Animas and Berg parks for domestic animals and wildlife.

City officials have posted warning signs along river access points in Aztec and Farmington warning residents to stay out of the Animas River. 

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