From brown water to sinkhole, district woes persist


Troubles keep mounting for the Florissant Water & Sanitation District when a water main broke the afternoon of May 7. By the time officials turned off the main, 80,000 gallons of chlorinated water had flooded the road at Hillside Drive and left a cavernous sinkhole.

“Nobody could get the water main turned off,” said Jeff McCammon, who is concerned that his entire house will slide down the hillside. “Our house is literally on stilts.”

The break in the water main is nothing new for the water company's customers. “This is an ongoing problem; the main breaks every year, leaving a six-inch layer of ice,” McCammon said.

With no response from the water company, McCammon called in the troops. “The sheriff's department, the water division and the EPA came out,” he said.

The break, which took out the stairs in the home, is particularly frightening for the McCammons, who invested $7,800 in a cistern in January. “We're not even part of their water-delivery system,” McCammon said.

Nonetheless, the McCammon home is the poster child for what has gone wrong with the water company. Cited by the Water Quality Division of Colorado's public health department, the district has consistently dispensed brown water to its customers.

With a meeting at 6 p.m. Mary 14 of the district board, customers are hoping to find solutions, to the perennial freeze problem as well as the brown water.


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