Department Of Public Utilities Ensures Water Available For Fire Fighting If Needed

A temporary generator is being placed to supply power to supply power to the Guaje Water Well Field to provide backup power to keep wells running in case of a power outage. Courtesy DPU


The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is taking precautionary measures regarding the Cerro Pelado Fire, especially in consideration of potential interruptions to the electric and water supplies within the county.

More specifically, a temporary generator is being placed to supply power to the Guaje Water Well Field. If the townsite loses power during the fire, water supply could become scarce since water wells are powered by electricity. The 1.5-megawatt generator, which will remain in place until the danger of fire has passed, will provide backup power to keep the wells running and water flowing for fire fighting purposes. 

The Guaje Water Well Field is located past the shooting range in Rendija Canyon. The generator will be placed along N. San Ildefonso near the Dinosaur Park and prior to the entrance road to Rendija Canyon.  When in operation, it will use 100 gallons of diesel fuel per hour and will need to be filled at least three times daily by a fuel tanker truck. 

“We want residents near the generator to be aware of this effort, especially if there is some extra noise in the area while it is being set up,” said Utility Manager Philo Shelton. “Our top priority is the safety of Los Alamos and White Rock. During wildfires, that safety hinges on having ample water supply. This electric generator is important to ensuring we are able to provide enough water here to fight the fire should it become necessary.”