The Town of Orchard City has been a functioning domestic water utility since the day it was founded 101 years ago.
But it doesn't mean that a century of experience will teach everything to be known about water — not in Colorado.
The town trustees on Aug. 14 found themselves faced with a water service issue that will be sending someone to the statute books for an answer or an opinion.
An out-of-town customer wants to tap into a new town water line extension. Water would flow from the town tap an estimated half mile or more uphill through the customer's own service line. His lawyer wants the town to guarantee 30 pounds of pressure at his house.
Trustee Gale Doudy questioned the town's wisdom, and even its ability, to guarantee pressure through a customer's own service line which is of unknown condition. Would the town be responsible for replacing a half mile of customer service line that failed in order to ensure 30 pounds of pressure?
Better to guarantee a pressure at the tap, trustees opined, until Mayor Don Suppes noted the concept of "point of serviceability." Does that mean at the customer's shower head, or does that mean at the customer's service line tap?
The town's attorney will be consulted before proceeding, it was decided.blog comments powered by Disqus