Rifle’s potable supply back in top form after repairs

Rifle Gap Reservoir via the Applegate Group
Rifle Gap Reservoir via the Applegate Group

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:

The city of Rifle on Wednesday lifted weeks-long water restrictions after the completion of repairs.

The city had barred outdoor water use June 1 due a break in the pipe delivering water from the Colorado River to its treatment plant.

The break also damaged pumps. The city began pumping from a secondary water source and was able to begin allowing outdoor watering by residents on odd or even days, depending on their address, a little more than a week after the problems began. The city has fully restored service after completing pump repairs.

City manager Matt Sturgeon said in a news release, “The city never wants to be in a position where water restrictions are necessary, especially during a time when temperatures are reaching into the triple digits, and the city appreciates the cooperation from our citizens during this difficult time.”

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