Inaction on muddy water is disturbing for Summit Cove-area residents |

Inaction on muddy water is disturbing for Summit Cove-area residents

Marilyn Petter, Summit Cove

Something went badly wrong in part of the area served by the East Dillon Water District last Sunday while most of the county was out celebrating the holiday. We turned on our faucets and out came brown water. This was still the case as of Tuesday. An East Dillon representative blamed the continuing drought and a badly depleted aquifer as the cause. He also offered the news that some users in the new mega homes are using enormous quantities of water to maintain landscaping. He said that the water quality had been checked and met standards and that the mud would clear shortly. Some things came to my mind after that conversation: Why there is no official encouragement or incentive to use drip systems instead of those that toss precious water into dry air?Why didn’t the water provider did not make any effort to contact affected home owners immediately with an official statement regarding water safety. The same aquifer serves so much of the east end of the county including parts of Keystone. Drought and water issues are big and have been covered often in the Summit Daily but here we are with a local problem. The water company says it is planning to take some kind of action but it has not provided any official communication to date. Many homeowners are unaware of water issues and Colorado water law because they do not live here all the time.In addition, some defy their own development rules regarding landscaping and water use. Most local information deals with wells and water augmentation but this time the problem is with those of us on a purchased water system.Could we find ourselves without water one of these days? ***The Daily News welcomes letters to the editor. Those that are typewritten or e-mailed are more likely to be printed. Please do not type in all capital letters. Do not type in all lower case letters, either.Letters must be accompanied by the writer’s full name, address and daytime telephone number. Any letter accepted for publication may also be distributed on our Web site. Send letters to or mail them to PO Box 329, Frisco, CO 80443. Letters can be faxed to (970) 668-0755.

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