Cold delays needed repairs |

Cold delays needed repairs

Divers unable to make dam near Hayden water plant

— Mother Nature is not cooperating with efforts to repair Hayden’s water system.

Freezing temperatures will keep a new water intake from being completed until next spring in the Yampa River. Divers who were trying to construct a temporary dam in the river were unable to work.

In August, the intake at the water plant began taking in less water than it should have. The town believes it may be because of a damaged pipe.

Hayden residents and other water users have not been affected, and Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said residents should not be affected in the future as the project progresses.

The town has been working on a long-term solution to the problem, and since August the town has rented a large pump to assist in pumping water out of the river. Martin said he did not know how much it has cost to rent the pump, but all costs associated with the repairs could be considered part of a local match for a water infrastructure grant the town is seeking.

Martin said he expects some of the water intake repairs will be completed in the coming weeks, allowing the town to stop using the rented pump.

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The new pipe will double the capacity of the current intake.

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