GARDNER- Working quickly to push forward repairs on a decaying Gardner water system, Huerfano County Commissioners had crews install a new water pump on Tuesday, June 7. After the new pump and valves were installed it took about 48 hours for crews to bring water levels up and pressurize the lines.
Since taking over the Gardner Water and Sanitation District last month, the commissioners have ensured that proper chlorination and necessary testing is being done to bring Gardner’s water quality in line with state specifications. The commissioners and staff are currently seeking funds for additional repairs and necessary upgrades through a DOLA grant.
The previous members of the water district violated State regulations by not filing the proper paper work with the state to indicate testing was being done by a certified operator. Also, the old water district did not fill three empty seats; as a result, the state health department required that the then seated water district board be replaced. That’s when the county stepped up and took over the Gardner Water and Sanitation District. At no time throughout the process was Gardner’s water supply in danger of any kind of contamination.
The district is in the process of moving their offices to the Blue Building beside the Laundromat. Until then, the public is asked to report leaks and other issues to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or to call the Huerfano County Commissioner’s office at 738-3485. Due to further work on the system, water district customers may experience drops in or loss of water pressure. Schedules of repairs and maintenance will be displayed on the Post Office message board.
The water district is looking for volunteers to help with some of the more mundane work. Interested parties can email to the address above or leave a voice mail at 719-214- 2983.