ST. MARY’S GLACIER, Colo. — The Salvation Army is set to deliver some 800 gallons of clean water to the St. Mary’s Glacier community Friday in an effort to relieve an ongoing water shortage there.
The delivery is expected to arrive at Silver Lake Condominiums, the community’s current supply staging area, around noon, the Salvation Army said.
Residents have been without usable water for more than two weeks because of a shutdown of the area’s water system. The shutdown, which is being called a necessary but temporary solution, has left people without running water and left others running out of patience.
“Bottled water just doesn’t cut it for two weeks,” said one resident, who was moving out of the town because of the problem.
A message on the town’s website indicated that water service could be restored by the end of the month.
“The water levels in the wells are increasing daily at a promising rate. The pressures have reached the normal operating levels. We are currently hyper-chlorinating the system as per State of Colorado Rules and Regulations,” said an official with the St. Mary’s Glacier Water and Sanitation District.
The town is also urging residents to continue to boil any water they may receive from mobile stations to avoid getting sick.
“Working directly with those impacted by the loss of clean water, you see just how vital water is to even the smallest, everyday actions,” said Sherry Manson, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Director. “The Salvation Army is so glad that we can provide some comfort to the residents of St. Mary’s Glacier as the town works to restore its water wells.”