County: Water Restored Following Two Separate Water Line Breaks Friday Morning

Department of Public Utilities extract water from the location of a water line break on Arizona Avenue near the intersection of Club Road. Neighbors reported water coming out of the road surface early Friday morning. DPU crews reported that water had to be shut off at several locations before the flow could be stopped. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Water crews for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities responded to two separate water line breaks from Friday morning.  The first is on Arizona Ave. at Club Rd. in the North Community.  Customers affected were on Arizona, Woodland, Club Rd, the Los Alamos Golf Course and into the two mesas, specifically reaching customers on Chamisa in Barranca Mesa and Camino Redondo in North Mesa.  Concurrently, a second water line break on Los Pueblos in Barranca Mesa affected customers on Los Pueblos and Navajo Rd.  In both instances customers had little to no water pressure. 

Water was restored to both areas by 4:20 p.m.

DPU offers the following consideration to customers once water is restored. 

  • Water may at first appear murky due to entrained air. This problem will resolve itself in a day or so.
  • For a day or two there may be a small amount of sediment or rust in the water that has been stirred up from the bottom of the water main.  While aesthetically unpleasant, it does not pose a health risk.
  • Flushing home plumbing lines with cold water can help clear up the water sooner. 
  • If water quality problems persist for more than two days, contact the DPU at 505-662-8333.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505-662-8333 or  After hours, call police dispatch at 505-662-8222.