EVANS, Colo. – Residents and businesses who were in the mandatory “no flush” zone were allowed to flush their toilets, wash their hands and shower on Saturday.
“Evans has been under a ‘no flush’ order for eight days, and residents were told at the beginning of this situation that we would lift the ‘no flush’ order within 10 days,” City Manager Aden Hogan said. “We are now at day eight, and we are extremely proud with the efficiency and hard work of our Public Works crews who have been working cooperatively with the City of Greeley to bring this system back online.”
Officials lifted some restrictions Saturday morning after restoring some original functions of the plant. The city is relying on temporary bypass pumps until the wastewater treatment facility is fully operational. Residents are still being asked to conserve water, but washing cars and using garden hoses is now permitted.
Some restrictions are still in effect until the wastewater treatment plant is fully operational.
Businesses and residents are being asked to refrain from doing their laundry, and to be responsible in using water in order to not overwhelm the system, which can result in sewage backing up in basements.
Crews have had temporary power running to the treatment facility to test lagoon pumps, and waited to observe a noticeable drop in the lagoon water levels before lifting some “no flush” restrictions.
The focus is now jetting and cleaning the sanitary system to be sure it is open and clean, officials said. When it is clear that the plant is operating normally, the remaining “no flush” restrictions will be lifted.
According to city officials, now that water is flowing, residents may notice some discoloration because the water has been sitting in the pipes. They want to assure the public that the water is not contaminated, they should just let the water run until it’s clear before using it.
Water has also been restored to homes located on 37th Street from Pueblo Street to Trinidad Street, and from Trinidad Street to Ash Court and on Ash Court.
An American Red Cross unit will open at the Evans Community Complex at 1100 37th Street beginning Sunday morning.The Red Cross will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to provide cleanup kits, water, toiletries and blankets.