Water emergency in effect from Vail to Edwards
June 27, 2008 —
This morning I finally had the perfect excuse to act like the freelance writer bum that I truly am and not take a shower.
All the experts on working out of the home advise you to shower, shave and dress as if you’re going off for a normal work day, then go to your designated workspace within the house in order to maintain your discipline.
I’ve been blowing that rule off a lot lately, failing to shower and shave and generally working wherever I put my laptop the night before. But Friday morning I had a reverse 911 call telling me not to shower because of a water emergency (actually it just advised me to limit indoor water use but I liberally interpreted the request).
So I called up the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District to see how long I’d be able to blow off personal hygiene. Here’s what spokeswoman Leslie Isom had to say:
“We had an overabundance of a coagulant that is used in our water treatment process go into the Avon water treatment plant and we’ve closed the plant down. None of the water went into the distribution system, we’re flushing the plant and as soon as we complete that flushing we’ll be able to resume normal operations and we’ll do a separate reverse 9-11 call and we’ll end the water supply emergency. In the meantime, we’re just asking everyone to stop using any outdoor water and limit the use of indoor water.”
The district stretches from basically East Vail in the east to Edwards in the west. If you’re in the district, you know who you are.
Isom said the coagulant is a polymer that helps settle out particles in the water treatment process, and that too much was accidently released into the system due to a malfunction, but none of the tainted water got into the general water supply.
As of 9:30 a.m., crews were working furiously to flush the system. “It could be a matter of hours, or it could be a day,” Isom said. Hey, no hurry. It just means I’ll have to shower and shave.
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