Martinez Orders More Troops To Ruidoso To Restore Water Service

Ruidoso – Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered 100 more members of the New Mexico National Guard to Ruidoso to help restore the town's water service.

They join 30 other Guardsmen and representatives of several state agencies who have been in Ruidoso since last week after water mains broke in subzero temperatures and forced water to be shut off until repairs can be made.

Personnel from the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard, village forestry and local fire, police, water utility, planning and zoning and Public Service Company of New Mexico worked over the weekend to restore service.

The state Environment Department has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for all communities impacted by water outages. They advise residents to boil water for 5 minutes before drinking, cooking and washing dishes.

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