Last Tuesday, Las Animas suffered an hour long water outage due to a problem with the water towers communication system.
According to Public Works Director Ken Wagner the radio at the water tower failed to signal that the tower had run out of water causing the outage to occur. He added that once they received calls about the outage they worked to get the problem fixed and did so about an hour after it first occurred.
Since then he indicated that there have been no further issues with the communication system the tower uses. He also said that the communication system is now going through a complete overhaul which should prevent a situation like the one faced Tuesday from happening again in the future.
The process of getting a new communication system for the water tower was quite the process according to Wagner. However, the upgrade was definitely due as this will be the first major upgrade to the tower since 1996 according to Wagner.