Pinewood Springs Water
WATER DISTRICT NEWS
The water situation in Pinewood today is about the same. One of our filtration systems is still not functioning. The repair engineer is having difficulty finding parts. One source told him it would be January, therefore, the Water Board has called for voluntary conservation of water. Since we are only making about half our normal production, they ask that you only use about half as much water as you normally would until the treatment plant is fully operational. Practice yellow-mellow, brown-down and try to use rainwater or gray water to flush. Haul in your drinking and cooking water and take your washing to a laundromat. Use paper plates and cups. Take shorter showers and perhaps skip a day. If we all work together, we can make it through this shortage without having to haul water.
Carl is in the middle of re-establishing water to the three areas of Pinewood that lost service due to the flood. At last report, Bladeworks was about half finished with the trench for the waterline to reconnect Kiowa Island. Once the lines are connected, Carl will have to pressure them, check for any leaks, let the heavily chlorinated water sit for 24 hours, send water samples to the Health department, flush the lines, repressure the lines again, and then retest again. If the test comes back acceptable, only then will the water to Kiowa Island be safe to use. The District asks for your patience while all this is happening. Please do not use the water to the island until you are told it is safe to do so. Carl is also trying to come up with an alternative to get water across the Seneca Bridge and to repair service to Cree Island.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next Water Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday November, 21 at the Firehouse, 7:00 p.m., please enter through the back door. This is a change from the normal meeting date.
If you need to speak with me, just dial the same number, 303-823-5345.
The mailing address for the Water District is still 183 Cree CT, Lyons, CO 80540.
This is an excerpt from an article published by another water district regarding a simple toilet leak fix.
Did you know that your toilet accounts for almost 40 percent of the water you use indoors? Studies have shown that one in five toilets leak. That means that those toilet leaks can waste lots of water and cause higher water bills. A silent toilet leak can waste more than 50 gallons or more of water a day. Some of these leaks will empty directly into your septic system without any sign of water running in the toilet bowl. If you think you have a toilet leak, try this suggestion to see if you can easily fix the leak yourself, or call a plumber.
To test your toilet for leaks, remove the lid of the toilet tank. Drop a tiny bit of food coloring into the tank and wait 15 minutes. If color appears in the toilet bowl, then you have a leak. One of the most common culprits of leaks is the flapper or flush valve. It may not be seating properly on the valve seat, or it may need replacement. This is typically the cause of running toilets. Over time the valve’s rubber material deteriorates because it is constantly under water. If you gently rub the valve and get streaks on your fingers, you should replace the valve now. For more information, go to www.toiletology.com.
ALWAYS STAY AWAY
FROM THE RESERVOIR
Carl would also like to remind everyone that the dam and reservoir area is off limits to the general public. Please do not hike up or allow your children to play around the dam’s steep slope! As required by the State, the area has been seeded with native grasses to support the Preble Mouse habitat that has been established in the reservoir area. Drive up Estes Park Estates Drive for a nice overall view of the reservoir.
Once again a reminder, if your house is vacant, please have the water turned off at the meter and possibly prevent costly leaks and meter damage.
The Water District's address is: 183 Cree Court Lyons, CO, 80450