Water Problems Continue In Pyote 7/3/13
July 3, 2013
Pyote - Pyote Residents are still under a boil water notice and as CBS 7 found out, has been for almost a month. But the bigger issue for Pyote is the amount of debt the town is in due to what Colorado River Municipal Water District is calling a water leak.
As a whole the town only makes about ten thousand dollars in revenue a month, eight thousand of that goes straight to the water company. From years past of struggling with the pricey water bill, the city is more than forty thousand dollars in debt just to the CRMWD alone.
“We cannot continue this, we cannot. This has been going on for years, and that is how the debt got so big. They weren’t always able to pay it,” said Pyote Mayor Lloyd Collins.
CRMWD officials say the reason for the high bills are from leaks within the cities old infrastructure, which is not something the water district has control of. According to statements from the water district the city uses roughly two million gallons of water a month, but when the usage is calculated within the city only about one million gallons of water is actually being used.
“We found a few little leacks, we found a big one in the park beneath the picnic area, but we got that one fixed,” said Collins.
As a small town the mayor wears many hats; not only does he have to take care of the city financially, but is Pyote’s only maintenance man when it comes to water leaks.
“He is always updating you on the progress he has made without you even having to ask. He is making progress, he is getting things worked on and trying to get the bill caught up,” said Pyote resident Lanita Boyer.
Mayor Collins says he has walked every water line in the town and has yet to find a leak that could cause the large fluctuation between the bills.
“I know we’re paying three to four thousand a month over at the Water District that is not being paid for water used,” said Collins.
Mayor Collins does have plans already in place to fixing the water leak issue, beginning Monday some pipes will be plugged to help determine where the leaks are. A grant has also been given to the city in an excess of 350 thousand dollars to replace every water meter in the city.
On Tuesday CBS 7 reported that the town was left without water for almost 24 hours. We reached out to the Colorado River Municipal Water District to see why it took so long to have the meter base delivered to the town, and didn't receive a call back until this afternoon. CRMWD says there was a power surge in the community that cased the meter base to go out. CRMWD arrived in the town Monday night but said they had to wait on Oncor to restore power. When CBS 7 contacted Oncor, the company said they were very busy during the day and when they found out the whole city was without water they went there right away.