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Water wait continues at Harvest Gold subdivision

Meg Hilling
October 13, 2017 06:19 PM

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. -- The struggle for drinkable water continues in the Harvest Gold subdivision in the Four Corners.

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For well over a year now, the subdivision has gone without drinkable water, leaving residents frustrated as delays in water access continue.

"We are not living in the Old West here. This is 2017 for crying out loud," Harvest Gold resident Peggy Hogan said. "There is water all around us and we can't get it to our house. What is up with that?”

After falling victim to malfunctioning water treatment plants run by Animas Valley Water in 2016, residents created their own water company in an effort to connect to waterlines in Bloomfield. A few weeks ago, residents were told they would have water before October.

But there is none. So where is the water?

"We are waiting for our new pump house to be inspected, electrically. And once that is done, we will do some flushing. Some testing and we will have water," president of the Apple Orchard Water Association, Ammon Burton said. "One, one and half, two weeks and we will have water."

Until the water coming through the pipes at the subdivision has been verified as completely safe to drink, residents are being encouraged to continue to buy water bottles and also use fill stations like this in order to access fresh, safe, drinking water.

"Before the drinking water hits, that consistent -- even if it is not drinkable -- consistent water coming to my house is going to save me a ton of time and a lot of money," Hogan said.

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