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Rifle faces water shortage

By Heidi RiceGlenwood Springs, CO ColoradoRIFLE, Colorado – The residents of Rifle are being asked not to water or irrigate until Wednesday or after due to a water shortage at the city’s water treatment plant.A reverse 911 call went out about 10:15 a.m. on Monday morning, and residents were given hand-delivered notices to cease all outdoor watering until Wednesday.”We’re having problems with the filtration system at the Graham Mesa (water treatment) plant, combined with the hot weather over the weekend,” said City Manager John Hier.Residents on the northeast end of town were without water altogether starting at about 6 a.m. on Monday.”Basically, we couldn’t keep up with the production,” said Charlie Stevens, the city’s utility director. “We’ve got a late 1970s plant trying to meet 2008 standards.”With help from residents not doing any outside watering, the problem is expected to be resolved within the next couple of days.”Hopefully, we’ll get our tanks back up to production,” Stevens said.Residents are also being asked to voluntarily comply with an every-other-day watering restriction with addresses ending with odd numbers watering on odd number days and even number addresses on even number days.For questions about watering, call the city’s utility department at 625-6272.

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