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By Debbie Israel




Jessica Joseph, Event Coordinator for McGee Park, shows the first pallet of water donated by locals to support Harvest Gold

At the June 20 meeting, San Juan County Commissioners heard from resident in the Harvest Gold Subdivision about the water situation. Residents of the neighborhood have been under a boil-water advisory for over a year, and continue to seek clean water.

The Animas Valley Water system was recently transferred to the Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, a private group, which made it possible for the county to request emergency funds to help get water to the residents.

County Commissioners have approved an Emergency Declaration on behalf of the newly formed association, and are requesting help from the State of New Mexico.

The declaration requests assistance from the State of New Mexico in the form of drinking water, water for other residential uses and assistance with future unknown issues that might come up during the time it takes to connect the Apple Orchard System to the City of Bloomfield water line.

During the meeting, Commission Chairman Jack Fortner commented, "The fact that these people have been without water for more than a year is just incredible."

San Juan County continues to offer affected residents access to showers and a drinking water fill station at McGee Park daily from 6 am until 8 pm. Bloomfield Fire has also made available a drinking water fill station at the main fire station next to City Hall from 8 am until 5 pm Monday through Thursday.

San Juan County Emergency Management has initiated a Water Pallet Challenge, and donations of water can be dropped off at McGee Park.


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