At a Monday (April 23) town council workshop meeting, the Taos town council discussed the ongoing water crisis affecting the town.
A 46-year-old pump in well #5 failed Thursday (April 19) causing water levels to drop which prompted several business, offices and schools in Taos to close their doors the next day. The council passed a resolution declaring the town in a municipal state of emergency and crews have been working to resolve the situation since.
During the meeting, Town Manager Rick Bellis said a construction crew would be on scene Tuesday (April 24) to begin dismantling and removal of the failed pump. Installation should begin Wednesday on a new pump that would make future maintenance more simple and convenient.
The town initially gave a 72-hour window for the situation to be resolved, but due to issues faced by repair crews, the construction has been anticipated to take until the end of the week.
"We have already put a number of things in place that made sure people continued to have water," Bellis said during the meeting.
The town has partnered with El Prado Water and Sanitation to maintain water in the town's system to provide residents with flowing water. Some residents may experience a loss of pressure during this time.
Water use restrictions remain in place for town residents and will remain until the situation has resolved. Current restrictions are as listed as per a 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.
The pool at the Taos Youth and Family Center will remain closed pending a notification from the town that the pump has been fixed.