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Rifle water restriction may be near end

Ryan Hoffman
This map shows the location of Rifle’s raw water delivery system.
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Rifle could lift an outdoor water restriction this week, after nearly a month and a half of measures aimed at limiting water use outside.

Municipal water customers since June 9 have been under an even-odd restriction, which limits users with an even-number address to watering on even number days and odd number addresses to odd number days.

Repairs to the city’s raw water delivery infrastructure have been ongoing since a break in the raw water line was discovered June 1.

On Friday, the city reinstalled its third pump in a station that provides Colorado River water to the Graham Mesa treatment plant. The other two pumps in the station were reinstalled in late June. Both are functioning.

The third pump is needed to provide redundancy in the city’s water delivery system — if another pump goes down, the third pump can be kicked on to avoid significant disruptions.

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The city was unable to operate the third pump due to a problem with the mechanical seal, Jim Miller, Rifle utilities director, said in an email Monday. A new part was ordered last week, and the city is awaiting its delivery.

The pump should be functional once the new part is installed.

“Once we have the part installed and have some operating time on the pump, we will lift water restrictions,” Miller said. “We should be able to lift restrictions this week, but for now restrictions remain in effect until we have firm redundancy.”

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