Taos remains under water restrictions; well pump not fixed yet


The town of Taos will remain under emergency water restrictions as the work week begins but schools and goverment offices will operate as usual, according to an announcement from Taos officials Sunday evening (April 22).

A 46-year old pump in well #5 failed Thursday (April 19), prompting Taos Municipal Schools, University of New Mexico-Taos, Taos county and town offices to close on Friday to preserve water. Town officials worked with the El Prado Water and Sanitation District through an inter-connect agreement with the El Prado Water and Sanitation District to fill municipal water tanks to half their normal capacity during the weekend. No customers suffered water outages, according to the town. 

But mechanical issues in the well continue and "it may be some days before the necessary parts arrive," according to a press release issued by the town. "The Town remains under a Stage 5 Water Emergency and severe restrictions on water use will continue to remain in place."

Commercial car washes will remain closed but "all restaurants, hotels and retail activities will continue to operate as normal.  Commercial laundromats will be notified individually Monday afternoon whether they can continue to operate normally

The town is asking schools, private gyms and the Taos Youth and Family Center not to allow use of th​eir showers until further notice.

All residents and businesses are required to follow these water restrictions until further notice, according to the town press release.

• No outdoor watering of lawns, athletic fileds, parks, gardens or trees, no filling of pools, fountains or ponds, and no use of irrigation systems on town water.

• No washing of windows, buildings, patios, sidewalks or streets.

• The use of temporary meters for construction or filling from fire hydrants by anyone other than public fire departments is prohibited.

• Use bottled water for drinking and pets, when possible.

• Use showers, rather than baths and limit use to 5 minutes, where possible.

• Limit serving water tap water in restaurants only to when requested by customers.

• No open/outdoor burning. High winds and low humidity at this time have resulted in a total burn ban. No outside burning is permitted.

Residents are urged to have a supply of bottled water in their households available for cooking, washing, flushing toilets and emergency needs in case water pressure is low or lost.