Failure at Rifle water plant prompts conservation request

Officials with the city of Rifle reported that a “component failure” at the city’s water treatment facility has led them to issue a request of residents to curb their water usage until the problem can be fixed — a process that could take as long as six to eight weeks.

The city is asking residents to conserve water while repairs are made, offering suggestions such as not letting the water run while washing dishes, reducing time in the shower, and reducing the number of loads of laundry people do.

Water is being produced at a reduced rate at the Graham Mesa Water Treatment Facility, officials said, but they stress that water quality has not been compromised.

The process that helps remove sediment from the water has been immediately impacted by the equipment failure, the city said in a press release.

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