Rifle residents cleared to resume water use

City of Rifle officials have lifted a request for water conservation measures by residents far sooner than expected.

The city said Thursday its Graham Mesa Water Treatment Facility “is now back on line producing water at normal seasonal rates.”

The city had requested on Wednesday that residents cut down on water use through the end of the year after component failure the previous day involving one of the three processes used to treat city water. The failed equipment helps remove sediment from the water. The problem had reduced production volume but not water quality.

Kimberly Bullen, Rifle’s governmental affairs coordinator, said that after crews were able to look at the component more closely, it was determined that less of the component was damaged than initially thought. After removing what was damaged, it was determined that the plant would be able to continue meeting current needs.

Permanent repairs are expected to take six to eight weeks.

The city plans to provide periodic updates on the situation at http://www.rifleco.org and http://www.RifleNOW.


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