Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities water crews responded to a water line break at 4:30 p.m. today at the intersection of Villa and 33rd Street in front of Aspen Elementary School.
The intersection is closed and traffic is being detoured on to 34th Street and to Walnut.
DPU customers east of 34th Street may experience low water pressure.
Depending on the severity of the break, water services to these customer may need to be terminated.
Repairs are estimated to be completed by midnight today.
If water services are terminated, DPU offers the following considerations for customers when their water is restored:
- At first water may appear murky due to entrained air. This problem will resolve itself in a day or so.
- For a day or two there may be a small amount of sediment or rust in the water that has been stirred up from the bottom of the water main. While aesthetically unpleasant, it does not pose a health risk.
- Flushing plumbing lines can help clear up the water sooner. DPU advises that cold water taps be used for flushing. This saves energy and also prevents stirring up sediment in the hot water heater tank.
If water quality problems persist for more than two days, contact DPU 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333 or email CustomerCare@lacnm.us.