Questa expecting water test results Friday

originally posted on December 16, 2016


Questa is expecting to get initial water quality test results Friday on a new well installed to alleviate the village’s water crisis.

Questa residents haven’t had running water for about ten days, and those who still have service are under a boil advisory. The village is trucking in water for toilets and laundry and handing out bottled water for drinking.

The initial water quality test results are expected back on Friday and the Village is working closely with the NM Environment Department on the processes for validating the work done to-date and the procedures required to restart the system. At this time, we are unable to give an estimate when the system will be brought back online.


Over the next few days, crews will be inspecting the pressure regulators to insure they are performing to specifications and checking the lines and hydrants for leaks. This will require a complete shutdown of the system on Friday, leaving all users of the system without water during the inspection, which is expected to last about an hour and a half.

A strategic plan to recharge and restart the system is being developed. The plan is to proceed in stages to bleed the lines of air and distribute the flow of water safely to homes and businesses. The Village will issue guidance and instructions for residents to prepare their homes for the restart.

The boil water advisory and the conservation request to residences and businesses on the municipal water system remain in effect.

The National Weather Service is predicting a front to arrive in the area on Friday bringing much colder temperatures and the possibility of snow to the region. If this occurs, Questa officials are advising residents to take precautions and prepare for colder weather

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