bottled waterBy Riamy Beuscher, communications intern

Crouch Mesa, New Mexico residents have been without potable water since May 25 due to treatment plant failures. About 7,000 customers served by the AV Water Company’s Morningstar and Harvest gold water systems have been living under a boil advisory. The July 15 deadline, ordered by the New Mexico Environment Department to remedy the situation, has passed.

Exasperated residents have formed a Facebook group and encourage others to document their grievances in case legal action is taken. Some residents have posted their water bills and others have commented that they received discounts on their June water bill, while others have not. Also, one business owner says he lost business because he is unable to serve coffee and soft drinks while the boil advisory is in effect.

Twenty-four hour water fill centers have been set up in an attempt to bring some relief. And, according to AV Water, the construction of a pump station to provide Crouch Mesa residents with potable water was scheduled for completion July 21.

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