After new development, Rifle water restrictions to remain in effect |

After new development, Rifle water restrictions to remain in effect

Ryan Hoffman
Crews watch as a backhoe clears access to a break in a water line that transports water from the Colorado River to the city’s water treatment plant.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

Hours after stating water restrictions would be lifted this evening, the city of Rifle is keeping its prohibition on outdoor water uses in place until further notice.

Staff first observed a decline in the water being pumped through the city’s raw intake pipeline that transports Colorado River water — the city’s primary source of water — to the Graham Mesa water treatment plant around 3 p.m. The most recent development comes hours after city personnel stated that the restrictions on outdoor water usage would be lifted at 6 p.m.

As a precautionary measure, the restrictions on outdoor use will remain in place and municipal water users are asked to curb their indoor usage as much as possible until further notice, City Manager Matt Sturgeon said.

The city enacted a mandatory water restriction on outdoor uses Wednesday after discovering the location of the break in the pipeline. Crews managed to repair the break faster than initially expected and things appeared to be back to normal Thursday morning.

The repaired portion of the pipeline did not appear to be leaking upon an initial inspection Thursday afternoon. Sturgeon said city staff is investigating the matter.

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