Hatch village officials report that line breaks repaired yesterday are holding strong, and wells have refilled two of the villages three collection tanks. The third tank is approaching capacity.
Experts from the New Mexico Environment Department are working with village officials to continue testing of the water supply and distribution system. Chlorine levels at the storage tanks and at multiple test sites throughout the village are consistent, indicating that the water supply remains safe for consumption. Broken water lines were repaired yesterday between the well and the storage tanks. The location of the breaks prevented contaminants from entering the water supply.
Shelter coordinators at Hatch High School had reported high demands for bottled water by residents who were under the impression that the tap water was compromised. Village officials assure the public that the water supply is fine.
Crews from the Village of Hatch, Doña Ana County, the City of Las Cruces and the Doña Ana and Mesquite mutual domestic water associations conducted the water-line repairs.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7914.