BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Residents of Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park on East Jemez Road have been without water since midnight Saturday due to a break in a water line under a home on the property. Residents have been calling and messaging the Los Alamos Reporter to voice concern and complain about the lack of information available on the situation.
The Reporter went to Elk Ridge this afternoon and spoke to the maintenance manager who explained that there are no shut-off valves between the residences and the main water line so Los Alamos County was contacted to shut off the water to the entire mobile home park. The maintenance manager was on her way to find a pump so that a four-foot hole created by the leak could be pumped out and the line to the home could be capped off. She said the County could not help with the situation because the break is on the mobile home park’s property.
Meanwhile, residents expressed frustration that every time there is an issue with a water line to a residence, the whole park has to go without water. Residents claim the infrastructure at the property is falling apart because different types of pipe are being patched together whenever there is a problem.
Shortly before 8 p.m., the Reporter was advised that County workers had brought parts to the site in hopes that the pipe could be temporarily patched and water service could be restored, however, there is no available estimate as to when that might be.