WATER OUTAGE: Area emergency procedures tested

UPDATE FRI, 5pm:

“Here is an update on the water main break. If there are any new updates I will make sure to send them to you. The repairs have been made and water is flowing through the system but in abundance of caution tests must be conducted to ensure the water is safe for drinking and food preparation. The first round of tests is being conducted and the results should be known by this evening. The water main break impacts the Colorado River Indian Tribes on the Arizona side of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. This includes La Paz County Regional Hospital and Parker Indian Hospital. The Town of Parker itself is not impacted as it has its own water system. A boil water advisory remains in effect and will likely be in effect through the weekend.” – CRIT Spokesperson

ORIGINAL STORY:

  • Full capacity will not be restored for a maximum of 3 days
  • Affected people advised to boil water before drinking
  • Surgeries cancelled, both hospitals affected
  • Initial repair attempt was unsuccessful

Emergency procedures are in effect at this hour after a contractor breached a water line affecting the Colorado River Indian Tribes water system. The outage, which is ongoing after an initial repair attempt failed, is testing area entities’ preparedness and protocols as they scramble to continue services where possible.

The system, which has been completely shut down, will not be restored to full capacity for a maximum of 3 days, according to CRIT. Meantime, people affected are advised to boil water before drinking.

Homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, including large businesses, have been without water since Wednesday morning, when a main water line was breached by a contractor on Mohave Road.

Surgeries have been cancelled at La Paz Regional Hospital, while dialysis patients at Parker Indian Hospital have been transferred to Lake Havasu City.

“All surgeries have been temporarily postponed/cancelled,” said Kevin Brown, CEO at La Paz Regional Hospital. “Ambulance service has been diverted. All outpatient services will continue in operations. Imaging, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy and all Clinics remain in operation. The Emergency Department and Urgent Care remain open to all walk in traffic. We ask for patience and understanding as we deal with this unexpected emergency. LPRH maintains emergency supplies of water and regularly conducts disaster drills to ensure that staff are trained for emergencies, including utility outages.”

At Safeway, the meat market and bakery were down, and Starbucks was closed. BlueWater Resort & Casino had no water. The Badenoch’s area was down also. Le Pera Elementary School children were released early Wednesday and the school was closed Thursday. They also rescheduled their spring musical.

According to a statement at noon on Thursday by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, public works crews were unsuccessful at banding the pipe, requiring further work to restore the system.

“CRIT Utility public works crews were first able to assess the situation thoroughly after assistance was attained to get the water main breakwater levels to a minimum,” the statement said. “The immediate repair of banding the pipe did not work, so a more permanent total pipe replacement is underway right now.”

The repairs have necessitated the complete drainage of the main water tanks. Once the system is repaired, there will be a three day period of water restriction until the tanks are refilled and pressure is restored to the correct level.

CRIT is distributing bottled water to tribal members living on the reservation, with other services to seniors and check-ins for residents who requested assistance. Click here for a list of relevant agencies and phone numbers for assistance.

98 comments

  1. Susie Mullaney Kiley

    Krista Snyder don’t drink the water!!

  2. Susie Mullaney Kiley

    Krista Snyder don’t drink the water!!

  3. Charlotte Peltier

    Alot of excitement for a little town.

  4. Charlotte Peltier

    Alot of excitement for a little town.

  5. Ava Alcaida

    I know. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  6. Ava Alcaida

    I know. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  7. Merial Scott

    Should’ve reported this is the Main Water Line for the CRIT Reservation, those within the Town of Parker limits are not affected as our people in the valley & surrounding area of CRIT

  8. Merial Scott

    Should’ve reported this is the Main Water Line for the CRIT Reservation, those within the Town of Parker limits are not affected as our people in the valley & surrounding area of CRIT

  9. Stephanie Helm

    We have no water in Bluewater Lagoon that really sucks Plus we pay a bill for something we are not getting. WATER ☹️😠

  10. Stephanie Helm

    We have no water in Bluewater Lagoon that really sucks Plus we pay a bill for something we are not getting. WATER ☹️😠

  11. Katherine Wheatley

    Stephanie Helm where in Bluewater do you live? I have water at my house and have had all day.

  12. Katherine Wheatley

    Stephanie Helm where in Bluewater do you live? I have water at my house and have had all day.

  13. Stephanie Helm

    live on upper part of Bluewater Dr Neighbor across the road as well has none. We had dribbling but just checked and absolutely nothing now

  14. Stephanie Helm

    live on upper part of Bluewater Dr Neighbor across the road as well has none. We had dribbling but just checked and absolutely nothing now

  15. Nika Witcraft

    Nothing cold survived at walmart. Taken off shelves or blocked off.

  16. Nika Witcraft

    Nothing cold survived at walmart. Taken off shelves or blocked off.

  17. Stephanie Helm

    Water Main Break Update

    WATER MAIN SHUT OFF IS EXTENDED TO 48 HOURS.
    The water main break on north Mohave road is on-going. Crews working on the break have extended the water main shut off notice an extra 24 hours from the initial update to allow for unforeseen circumstances that may come up.

    Water may come on before the 48-hour notice is up, as a precaution a Boil Water Advisory will be in effect until the water is cleared for safe consumption. See directions below.

    Key officials from the Colorado River Indian Tribes, CRIT DHSS, La Paz County Hospital, Parker Indian Hospital, CRIT Utilities, CRIT PD, CRIT Fire Department, CRIT EPO met at 4:30 PM and are all working together non-stop until the water main is fixed to maintain their services to the public.

    CRIT CHR services are providing bottled water to the tribal members living on the reservation at Manataba Park at 2nd and Mohave if needed. CRIT Fire Department in Poston, Arizona is also providing bottled water free to tribal member households. Port O Potties, bottled water, and check-ins are being offered, if you require any of these services, please call the CRIT Non-Emergency Dispatch line at (928) 669-1277.

    If you are experiencing an emergency due to the water outage, please call 911.

    CRIT Senior Center is reporting no congregate meals until further notice, but if you are a registered member of the CRIT Senior Center, you may call between 8 AM- 9:30 AM for a home-delivered meal. All seniors receiving home-delivered meals will not experience an interruption. If you have any questions, you may call (928) 669-4283, 8AM-5PM Monday- Friday.

    Crews are working through the night to get the water on, thank you for your continued patience.

    Boil Water Advisory
    Boiling water
    To boil water

    • Fill a pot with water.

    • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.

    • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 1 minute.

    • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.

    • Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

    Next update 8AM 04/04/2019.

  18. Stephanie Helm

    Water Main Break Update

    WATER MAIN SHUT OFF IS EXTENDED TO 48 HOURS.
    The water main break on north Mohave road is on-going. Crews working on the break have extended the water main shut off notice an extra 24 hours from the initial update to allow for unforeseen circumstances that may come up.

    Water may come on before the 48-hour notice is up, as a precaution a Boil Water Advisory will be in effect until the water is cleared for safe consumption. See directions below.

    Key officials from the Colorado River Indian Tribes, CRIT DHSS, La Paz County Hospital, Parker Indian Hospital, CRIT Utilities, CRIT PD, CRIT Fire Department, CRIT EPO met at 4:30 PM and are all working together non-stop until the water main is fixed to maintain their services to the public.

    CRIT CHR services are providing bottled water to the tribal members living on the reservation at Manataba Park at 2nd and Mohave if needed. CRIT Fire Department in Poston, Arizona is also providing bottled water free to tribal member households. Port O Potties, bottled water, and check-ins are being offered, if you require any of these services, please call the CRIT Non-Emergency Dispatch line at (928) 669-1277.

    If you are experiencing an emergency due to the water outage, please call 911.

    CRIT Senior Center is reporting no congregate meals until further notice, but if you are a registered member of the CRIT Senior Center, you may call between 8 AM- 9:30 AM for a home-delivered meal. All seniors receiving home-delivered meals will not experience an interruption. If you have any questions, you may call (928) 669-4283, 8AM-5PM Monday- Friday.

    Crews are working through the night to get the water on, thank you for your continued patience.

    Boil Water Advisory
    Boiling water
    To boil water

    • Fill a pot with water.

    • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.

    • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 1 minute.

    • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.

    • Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

    Next update 8AM 04/04/2019.

  19. Parker Live

    Not exactly: the outage has affected fast food businesses, Safeway, Walmart and others within town limits

  20. Parker Live

    Not exactly: the outage has affected fast food businesses, Safeway, Walmart and others within town limits

  21. Vicki Laffoon

    If your water is running don’t drink or bathe in it, contaminated!

  22. Vicki Laffoon

    If your water is running don’t drink or bathe in it, contaminated!

  23. Merial Scott

    Parker Live that receive their water off of that water line I know that

  24. Merial Scott

    Parker Live that receive their water off of that water line I know that

  25. Katherine Wheatley

    Nika Witcraft why was cold food be effected? It was a water line break.

  26. Katherine Wheatley

    Nika Witcraft why was cold food be effected? It was a water line break.

  27. Stephanie Helm

    Parker Live which is all tribal

  28. Stephanie Helm

    Parker Live which is all tribal

  29. Nika Witcraft

    Katherine Wheatley they use water to run the coolers. Safeway was lucky to hook up to water and stay running.

  30. Nika Witcraft

    Katherine Wheatley they use water to run the coolers. Safeway was lucky to hook up to water and stay running.

  31. Parker Live

    Merial Scott Yes, but within town limits. Important for people to know that some properties within the town of Parker are affected.

  32. Parker Live

    Merial Scott Yes, but within town limits. Important for people to know that some properties within the town of Parker are affected.

  33. Diane Lenander Cook

    Fernando Gallegos and Irene Prado Gallegos

  34. Diane Lenander Cook

    Fernando Gallegos and Irene Prado Gallegos

  35. Hillary Angel

    Katherine Wheatley We have a place off Misty — is the water on around there?

  36. Hillary Angel

    Katherine Wheatley We have a place off Misty — is the water on around there?

  37. Amy Putnam

    Hillary Angel I live on moonlight and we have water, not the usual pressure though. The front gate is also handing out fliers with a boil water advisory.

  38. Amy Putnam

    Hillary Angel I live on moonlight and we have water, not the usual pressure though. The front gate is also handing out fliers with a boil water advisory.

  39. Katherine Wheatley

    I think the water being off is only on Bluewater Dr, but I could be wrong.

  40. Katherine Wheatley

    I think the water being off is only on Bluewater Dr, but I could be wrong.

  41. Katherine Wheatley

    I think the water being off is only on Bluewater Dr, but I could be wrong.

  42. Katherine Wheatley

    Nika Witcraft good to know. Thanks for the information. I had no idea they used water to run the coolers.

  43. Katherine Wheatley

    Nika Witcraft good to know. Thanks for the information. I had no idea they used water to run the coolers.

  44. Katherine Wheatley

    Nika Witcraft good to know. Thanks for the information. I had no idea they used water to run the coolers.

  45. Fernando Gallegos

    Diane Lenander Cook looks like we’ll be staying with you!! 🍻🍷

  46. Fernando Gallegos

    Diane Lenander Cook looks like we’ll be staying with you!! 🍻🍷

  47. Diane Lenander Cook

    Fernando Gallegos yay!!! 👏🏻

  48. Diane Lenander Cook

    Fernando Gallegos yay!!! 👏🏻

  49. Jackie Loft-Kummerle

    Does anyone know if the water is safe to give to livestock.

  50. Jackie Loft-Kummerle

    Does anyone know if the water is safe to give to livestock.

  51. Vanessa Marie

    Stephanie Helm you don’t get billed for something not getting used. That’s what the meters are for 🤣🤣🤣🤣 each house is equipped with their own water meter. And if the water in the area is shut off then your meter won’t read any usage therefore you don’t get billed 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  52. Vanessa Marie

    Stephanie Helm you don’t get billed for something not getting used. That’s what the meters are for 🤣🤣🤣🤣 each house is equipped with their own water meter. And if the water in the area is shut off then your meter won’t read any usage therefore you don’t get billed 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  53. Carolyn Glenn

    Nika Witcraft is Walmart going to be open tomorrow?

  54. Carolyn Glenn

    Nika Witcraft is Walmart going to be open tomorrow?

  55. Nika Witcraft

    Carolyn Glenn they opened today after 11am I would think so for tomorrow.

  56. Nika Witcraft

    Carolyn Glenn they opened today after 11am I would think so for tomorrow.

  57. Ann Vanderweit

    It should be fixed sometime tomorrow. That’s the rumor? We had no water at our hospital too. It was all handled. Our leadership at the hospital did a great job. Our 1st priority was all the patients

  58. Ann Vanderweit

    It should be fixed sometime tomorrow. That’s the rumor? We had no water at our hospital too. It was all handled. Our leadership at the hospital did a great job. Our 1st priority was all the patients

  59. Stayed at blue water casino no water no toilet no shower left early..sucked..

  60. Chris Wagner

    Whats the latest Friday afternoon? Especially in Blue Water Lagoon?

  61. Chris Wagner

    Whats the latest Friday afternoon? Especially in Blue Water Lagoon?

  62. Parker Live

    Repairs were made Thursday pm, but the system takes up to 3 days to return to full pressure. Boil advisory and conservation urged through Sunday pm.

  63. Parker Live

    Repairs were made Thursday pm, but the system takes up to 3 days to return to full pressure. Boil advisory and conservation urged through Sunday pm.

  64. Chris Wagner

    Parker Live thanks. No change

  65. Chris Wagner

    Parker Live thanks. No change

  66. Parker Live

    LATEST: “Here is an update on the water main break. If there are any new updates I will make sure to send them to you.

    The repairs have been made and water is flowing through the system but in abundance of caution tests must be conducted to ensure the water is safe for drinking and food preparation. The first round of tests is being conducted and the results should be known by this evening. The water main break impacts the Colorado River Indian Tribes on the Arizona side of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. This includes La Paz County Regional Hospital and Parker Indian Hospital. The Town of Parker itself is not impacted as it has its own water system. A boil water advisory remains in effect and will likely be in effect through the weekend.”

  67. Parker Live

    LATEST: “Here is an update on the water main break. If there are any new updates I will make sure to send them to you.

    The repairs have been made and water is flowing through the system but in abundance of caution tests must be conducted to ensure the water is safe for drinking and food preparation. The first round of tests is being conducted and the results should be known by this evening. The water main break impacts the Colorado River Indian Tribes on the Arizona side of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. This includes La Paz County Regional Hospital and Parker Indian Hospital. The Town of Parker itself is not impacted as it has its own water system. A boil water advisory remains in effect and will likely be in effect through the weekend.”

  68. CRIT and the Town of Parker should have got together and come to an agreement that the town of Parker and CRIT utilities should be connected and shared during emergencies they could be shared for a short period,. On CRIT’s part, their Tribal HQ plus both hospitals, Casino, the shopping center etc. To accomplish this, CRIT’s Tribal Council would require foresight, something they’re totally lacking. Their Chairman would have to agree to deal with White People, something he can’t bring himself to do.

  69. While Parker West’s suggestion would be a possibility, we all know it would never happen, unless attitudes on both sides of the town limits change. In the mean time, I would hope that the Tribe learns from this, and uses some of that $37.5 mil they’re getting from their water to engineer some redundancy into their domestic water system to prevent a failure in one part of the system from affecting the entire Reservation. A few valves strategically placed, along with some emergency wells and storage, would ensure continued water service to unaffected areas in case of a localized failure.

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