GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) — Paonia is slowly working to get water back to residents this week, but they’re asking for help to make sure the process goes smoothly. They say residents will still need to conserve water so that the system doesn’t crash again. Residents are also back under a boil order.
“We’re still asking people to not try to catch up your laundry right now, I’m sure there are a lot of people that are really ready to do that, but if they can, be conservative,” Tracy Trulove, public information officer for the Southwest Incident Management Team, said.
This all started several weeks ago when the town had a water line break which forced the shutdown of water to the entire area.
When they were able to fix the leak, they suspect everyone used their water at once, and a lot of it — which meant they essentially ran out of water.
To keep their system from crashing they shut off water to people on the outskirts of town.
Now, they’re hoping they can get everyone’s water back but it’s going to be a slow process.
“Today they went under a boil order again, so the other thing that has to happen in the next few days is that the state of Colorado has to test the water as it comes online and until the tests come back clear, I think it’s about a 24 hour process, the citizens are under a boil order,” Trulove said.
If you haven’t yet, the town is asking people to open up a single faucet in their home to let the air out of their pipes until water is running steadily in the faucet.
Paonia is hosting another community meeting Tuesday night to give an update on all this and talk about what to expect in the next few days. It’s from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Paradise Theatre of Paonia.