Last week, the City of Big Spring made a public service announcement stating that the Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD) had notified the City of Big Spring that they will be doing maintenance on District lines, and as a result, the City’s main supply of water will be shut down beginning 10 PM Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and will remain shut down until CRMWD restores water. The announcement also noted that during the CRMWD maintenance the City will be under Stage III of the City of Big Spring “Drought Contingency Plan,” until CRMWD has completed the maintenance. This plan is in the City of Big Spring Code of Ordinance Section 16B.
It is important to note that residents will still have water during this time, but they are urged to conserve water and discontinue use of irrigation systems, or other unnecessary uses.
Here are some frequently asked questions that have been asked:
Q: Will my water be shut off?
A: No. According to Big Spring Public Works Director Johnny Womack, residents will still have access to water but they are urged to CONSERVE water.
Q: What are they working on?
A: Womack says that the [CRMWD] will be changing out some of their big valves, and while they have the water off the City of Big Spring will be changing out some the piping in their plant. They'll also be filling up all of their tanks, ground storage, and overhead storage.
Q: Will there be a change in water pressure?
A: No. Womack advised that the city will be running their pumps like normal, however, there is a possibility of a change in pressure IF residents don't participate in the water conservation.
"We'll have enough water [to get through this] as long as everyone helps to conserve [water]," said Womack.
Q: Is this for a certain area of town?
A: Womack stated that this is city-wide for Big Spring. (It should also be noted that we have also been notified that Sand Springs, and Coahoma are also included in this advisory.)
Q: How long will this take?
A: Womack estimated that the City of Big Spring will have their project completed by 10 or 11 AM on Thursday, and CRMWD is estimating to be done with their project by noon on Thursday, March 15th and then they'll start sending water back to the city.
Q:Why is this being done now?
A: According to a source with the CRMWD, projects like this are done during this time of year because it's less of an inconvenience than to do it during warmer weather months when people are filling their pools, gardening, etc.