Water Service Restored To Rural NM Town

Nov 11, 2013

Five days after their taps ran dry, water has been restored to the central New Mexico town of Vaughn. But state environmental officials are cautioning the nearly 800 people on the Vaughn Duran Water System in Guadalupe County to boil their water before they drink it.

The area had been without water since last week because of a massive leak in the aging pipes.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has been trucking in non-drinking water for residents to use to manually flush toilets to try and keep homes sanitary.

But the leak was plugged Sunday night and water service was restored Monday.

The New Mexico Enivronment Department's Drinking Water Bureau says no contamination has been found but urges residents to seek an alternate source of drinking water, or to boil the water for five minutes before drinking, cooking and dishwashing.

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