Hewlett Fire may impact Greeley’s water supply

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Hewlett Fire. May 16, 2012.

Hewlett Fire. May 16, 2012.

GREELEY – The City of Greeley issued a warning Thursday about the growing Hewlett Fire possibly affecting the city’s water quality with ash and sediment running off into the Poudre River.

The City has the ability to close water intakes from the Poudre River and draw the city’s drinking water from Horsetooth Reservoir instead.

“We have planned for situations like this. Because we have multiple water sources, we have alternatives when one or more sources are threatened,” said Jon Monson, Director of Water and Sewer for Greeley.

Greeley’s water supply has not yet been affected.

Greeley is cooperating with the U.S. Forest Service, allowing them to draw water from Milton Seaman Reservoir to try to control the fire.  City officials say the amount of water is relatively small and does not compromise Greeley’s water supply. 

“We are glad to help,” Monson added.

by Catrina Linhard

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