Water service in Red Cliff is back to normal following a two day water pressure loss, that began Jan. 18. Officials say water quality and safety were never endangered.
The water pressure problem was caused by a tank level sensor while the plant was operating at half capacity, causing an unrealized drop in water volume in the storage tank. Service was disrupted to about 30 homes with reduced service to the others.
Town staff, trustees and volunteers responded to the incident with the support of several outside agencies. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was consulted and supported town efforts to restore water pressure. Potable water tankers pumped water back into the system via hydrants in town; Minturn supplied the water and public works assistance. The public was advised of the problem and urged conserve water via various methods including ECAlert, regular postings around Red Cliff, a door-to-door campaign and an electronic message sign.
So far this winter, the town's water lines - which froze for a time last winter because there wasn't enough snow to insulate them - have remained clear.
"The Town of Red Cliff is extremely grateful to all of its partner agencies and donors who assisted over the last three days," said Red Cliff Mayor Scott Burgess. "A special thank you to Eagle County, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Town of Minturn, Town of Avon, CDPHE, JG Plumbing, Costco, the Green Bridge Inn, the Minturn Inn, Vail Resorts Snowmaking and many others. More importantly, I am very proud of our residents who stepped up to help their community continue to thrive."