Minturn ready to crack down on water meter violations |

Minturn ready to crack down on water meter violations

Dustin Racioppi
Minturn, CO Colorado

MINTURN ” When the air warms up and the snow turns Main Street into a gravel-bottomed river, the 2 percent of Minturnites who don’t have working water meters can expect a letter from the town.

Actually, it will be more like a notice ” fix your meter or your water’s getting shut off.

The Town Council decided to begin cracking down on the people whose meters are working ” and the two who don’t have meters at all ” in an effort to help the public works department keep track of the water usage in town and to put every home and business in compliance with the town’s law.

“We need to do something now,” Councilwoman Shelley Bellm said.

Of the estimated 520 water accounts in town, it’s only a handful of people whose water reading systems aren’t up to snuff. But part of the problem is that those few don’t seem to be a rush to get them fixed.

“A lot of it is lack of cooperation or compliance with residents,” Public Works Director Rod Cordova said.

Cordova said having unmetered systems makes it harder for his department to submit its monthly reports to the state on the town’s water usage, and inaccuracy can be costly to the town and the homeowners ” the town charges extra for those not in compliance with the town law.

“It’s an accountability issue,” Cordova said.

The council said before it begins its crack down, it will give people a chance to fix their problems. People could be strapped for the money to make the repairs or they could be ignorant to them. The council will help people who need it. However, the people who are indifferent, they just won’t have water.

“You’re going to get a letter saying, ‘Hey, this is the way it is and your water may be shut off,'” Councilman Jerry Bumgarner said.

Cordova doesn’t want it to get to that point. His workers will likely be able to fix a broken meter cheap and quick. It’s just a matter of people coming forward.

“We’re here to help people, not harass them,” Cordova said.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or

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