What does the Gold King Mine spill mean for Farmington water users?
In a notice to the public, Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes stressed that the city's water is safe to drink. The city shut off its intake pumps from the Animas River before the contaminated water hit Farmington, he said.
Mayes also explained the city has about 170 day of water in reserve at Farmington Lake. At this point, Mayes said, water restrictions are premature because the city has enough water in reserve and enforcing fines for noncompliance is difficult.
He also pointed out that when Farmington last implemented mandatory water restrictions in 2003, water consumption immediately increased 30 percent.
However, Mayes voiced support for "voluntary conservation." Recent rain and common sense, he said, have resulted in a nearly 30 percent drop in system-wide water consumption since the spill last week.