CRESTONE— A water line break along T Road last week left Casita Park and Camper Village in the Crestone area without water for several days but the Saguache Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Management pitched in to provide potable water for those affected by the break.
About 250 residents lost their water following the line breakage. Some reported being without water as early as Sunday, July 21. The Saguache Sheriff’s Office was notified of the break on Tuesday, July 23.
Captain Ken Wilson with the Saguache Sheriff’s Office reported that the town of Saguache donated two or more pallets of bottled drinking water leftover from their water line break and boil order last month. The sheriff’s office then loaded the water on a trailer and delivered it to residents.
Habitat for Humanity also donated 25 cases of individual-serving drinking water.
Wilson said that Bobby Woelz, director of the Saguache County Office of Emergency Management, commandeered a water tanker from Alamosa to deliver non-potable water for flushing toilets and other necessities. A reverse 911 call went out to residents on Tuesday advising them of the boil order. Boil order notices also were posted on Facebook, community talk forums, Twitter and on the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District (BGWSD) website.
Public flyers were issued and members of the Baca Grande Volunteer Fire Department also went into the trailer park and village areas to announce the boil order using a bull horn, Woelz noted.
The BGWSD announced on its website Saturday that the boil order was lifted. “All repairs have been completed and water service has been restored to all residents in Camper Village, Casita Park and the Baca Grande Property Owner’s Association complex,” the posting read.
“Affected customers were notified on July 23, 2019, that due to a broken water main line they should boil their drinking water or use bottled water. We are pleased to report that the problem has been corrected and that it is no longer necessary to boil or use bottled water. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”
Lazy KV break not reported
While discussing the Crestone boil order, Woelz was surprised to learn that disruptions in water delivery to residents of Lazy KV Estates over the past several months had not been reported to his office. He commented that it was the responsibility of the Lazy KV Homeowners Association to report any water issues to Saguache Public Health.
When it was posted online that bottled water had been delivered to Crestone residents last week, a Lazy KV resident called the sheriff’s office to complain that no help was ever offered to those living in the Lazy KV subdivision when they lost their water supply.
Captain Wilson told the caller that anyone in the subdivision may report a disruption in water service to the sheriff’s office and will be assured of receiving help. Woelz instructed any residents living in Saguache County to contact the sheriff’s office whenever their water service is disrupted to alert county officials to a potential health issue.
The sheriff’s office will then notify Public Health and his office, Woelz said.