Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association

11-21-17 NM Environment Department Confirms Lifting of "Boil Water Advisory" for Harvest Gold Subdivision.

7-24-17 NOTICE OF WATER OUTAGE
HARVEST GOLD SUBDIVISION
TUESDAY - JULY 25, 2017
STARTING AT 9AM – LASTING 2 – 4 HOURS

6-29-17
Retired Farmington Fire Fighters Volunteers Assist San Juan County Emergency Management with Water Distribution To Harvest Gold Subdivision

Aztec – San Juan County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an Emergency Declaration on behalf of the newly formed Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association that serves the Harvest Gold Subdivision east of Bloomfield.

The declaration requests assistance from the State of New Mexico in the form of drinking water, water for other residential use, and assistance with future unknown issues that might come up during time it takes to connect the Apple Orchard System to the City of Bloomfield water line.   

San Juan County has not been able to assist the residents affected by the Harvest Gold Water System in the past year due to anti-donation laws.  The system was privately owned until last week when it was turned over to the Apple Orchard Domestic Water Consumers Association.

Residents on the system have suffered through a “Water Boil” order from the New Mexico Environment Department – Drinking Water Bureau for the last year.  The “Water Boil” order will continue to be in effect for the area until after the hook up to Bloomfield has been inspected and approved by the New Mexico Environment Department.

San Juan County continues to offer affected residents of Harvest Gold Subdivision access to showers and a drinking water fill station at McGee Park from 6am to 8pm daily. 

Bloomfield Fire has made available a drinking water fill station at the main Fire Station next to City Hall, from 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Thursday.

San Juan County Emergency Management has initiated a Water Pallet Challenge (#waterpalletchallenge) through Facebook and Twitter. 

Donations of water can be dropped off at McGee Park – 41 RD 5568 or for more information call 505-334-4705.



Bloomfield - Bloomfield Public Works Department will be installing a “T-in” line as part of the construction associated with connection of the Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association that serves the Harvest Gold Subdivision east of Bloomfield, to the City of Bloomfield Water line.

To complete this portion of construction, Apple Orchard MDWCA lines must be shut down.  Residents are being asked to fill bathtubs with water to be used for flushing toilets and to turn off swamp coolers.

Water will be shut off at 9am on Tuesday, July 25th for at least 2 hours but possibly up to 4 hours, depending on construction progress.

Bloomfield Public Works and the Apple Orchard MDWCA would like to thank residents in advance for their patience with the construction that will ultimately ensure clean drinking water to the community.

San Juan County continues to offer affected residents of Harvest Gold Subdivision access to showers and a drinking water fill station at McGee Park from 6am to 8pm daily.

Bloomfield Fire has made available a drinking water fill station at the main Fire Station next to City Hall, from 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Thursday.

San Juan County Emergency Management has initiated a Water Pallet Challenge (#waterpalletchallenge) through Facebook and Twitter.

Donations of water can be dropped off at McGee Park – 41 RD 5568 or for more information call 505- 334-4705.


Aztec – Residents of Harvest Gold Subdivision East of Bloomfield have spent the last year boiling water or hauling water for drinking and cooking due to issues with the Harvest Gold Water System, a private for profit utility.

Today Farmington Fire Dept. – Retired Firefighters group, gathered at Harvest Gold Subdivision.  Loading side by side’s with cases of bottled water, they buzzed through the streets delivering water to residents in need this busy 4th of July Weekend.

“These guys are my brothers, and I don’t want the training and knowledge they have accumulated in over 20-30 years of fire service to go unused. I want to involve them in a lot of ways, during disaster emergencies and in staffing the County Emergency Operations Center when the time comes or if there is a need.” Advised Mike Mestas, San Juan County Emergency Manager and retired Farmington Firefighter.

Recently, the for profit utility was transfer to the public Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (Apple Orchard MDWCA) an nonprofit utility giving Local and State Government the ability to assist the newly formed Association.

San Juan County Office of Emergency Management initiated a Water Pallet Challenge (#waterpalletchallenge) on social media to assist residents while construction begins to hook the system up to a City of Bloomfield Water line.

Pallets and cases of bottled water being delivered to McGee Park, have been distributed to residents by neighbors and the Apple Orchard MDWCA Board of Directors.  Water fill stations continue to be available to residents of Harvest Gold Subdivision at the City of Aztec RV Fill Station – Aztec City Hall, Bloomfield Fire Station, and McGee Park.  Showers are available at McGee Park.

***A reminder to residents from the NM Environment Department, the “BOIL WATER” ORDER REMAINS IN AFFECT. ***

6-21-17  San Juan County Declares Emergency on Behalf of Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association

460 Apple Orchard Customers in San Juan County No Longer Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Harvest Gold Subdivision—previously owned and operated by AV Water but now part of the Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA)—has met the requirements to lift the Boil Water Advisory issued last year on June 3, 2016.

At first, the Harvest Gold Subdivision/Apple Orchard MDWCA was required to issue the advisory after their system’s drinking water quality could not be fully verified.  The system’s drinking water was thereafter found to be exceeding safe standards for turbidity. The advisory applied to the approximately 460 customers served by the Harvest Gold Subdivision/Apple Orchard MDWCA.  The Boil Water Advisory did not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems or communities. 

During the extended period of the Boil Water Advisory, NMED’s Drinking Water Bureau provided steady guidance and assistance throughout; for water system customers, new and old owners, and operators; community organizations. Multi-faceted support came through the issuance of Emergency Orders, compliance oversight, and technical support to ensure drinking water safety.

After the connection to Bloomfield Water Supply System was completed, the Harvest Gold Subdivision/Apple Orchard MDWCA system was completely flushed. Subsequent samples collected from the water system were negative for bacteriological contamination and turbidity levels were sufficiently below standard to enable today’s lifting of the Boil Water Advisory.

More information is available at: https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/av-water/ 
and at: 
https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/av-water-timeline/ .

For more facts about New Mexico’s Boil Water Advisories in English and Spanish please visit:  https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/boil-water-advisories/ and for more information on today’s announcement please call NMED’s Drinking Water Bureau Compliance Officer, Jim Jones at (505) 566-9742.