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Posted by Mike Keilty on October 25, 1900+100 at 16:25:02:


My name is Mike Keilty. I am the president of the Pinewood Springs Water District. We are a special district under Colorado statute that provides water to approximately 250 homes in Pinewood Springs.

Our watershed is just north the northern watershed that this group is discussing. We take our water from wells (20%) and the Little Thompson River (80%).

This has been a very tough year for us in Pinewood. The Little Thompson River dried up in mid-July. The wells have been producing at approximately 1/3 of average summer production levels. We had to implement an emergency water alert and take specific actions to reduce consumption and provide water by another means. We have been hauling water from Longmont since mid-July. The alluvium has just recently begun to produce in quantities sufficient for our normal consumption levels. We are waiting to see if production can be sustained so that we can end the emergency alert status.

The other board of directors of the water district and I are also investigating options for providing continued water service in future "drought" situations.

I saw an interesting program about floods on the Discovery Channel last weekend. One of the leaders from a town hit by the floods along the Mississippi in 1993 commented that the opportunity for change always follows disaster. As I look at my community, our opportunity for change is now.

I saw an article in the Camera today about the forum and I thought that I would investigate this avenue of information. Thus far it seems like a good place to make contacts that specialize in natural source water and emergency action. I look forward to comments that you might have about us if you were aware of our situation from previous news articles.


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