Crouch Mesa residents concerned about water problems

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Residents in northwestern New Mexico say they’re concerned about their drinking water after having to live with a boil advisory and intermittent shortages for more than a month.

State regulators and officials with the AV Water company fielded questions about the Crouch Mesa water crisis during a meeting Thursday in Farmington. About 6,400 customers are served by the utility.

The Daily Times reports that problems stem from the company’s treatment plant.

Stephanie Stringer of the New Mexico Environment Department says the system continues to produce cloudy water. No harmful bacteria have been detected, but she says the high sediment levels present an elevated risk for contamination.

The utility says it’s working to fix the problem by establishing a permanent connection to the city of Farmington’s water system.

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