Magdalena has neglected to update and repair the wells here for many years.
This crisis could have been completely avoided. The only laundromat and grocery for a 30 mile radius is being forced to close it's doors after a very successful first year of business along with various eateries not to mention all the loss of income throughout the Village.
There are so many different way to look at the mismanagement of the Village of Magdalena.
State Engineer quoted as saying, "This could have been completely avoided".
17.12.750.11 WATER SUPPLY: Water Supply Requirements: Each utility shall furnish and maintain sufficient facilities to provide a continuous and adequate supply of water. The total supply system capacity shall meet the daily design maximum peak demand and shall meet the design average-day demand with the largest pump or well out of service. Unless other acceptable provisions are made, a minimum of two (2) supply sources shall be provided.
Magdalena had one well in operation, not the minimum requirement of two, and that one was questionable to say the least.
Magdalena skirted the state audits every time they applied for a grant and the state wanted to audit.
Why you may ask? Simple example, Magdalena suddenly pulled out $200,000 in funds and transferred them to an Enterprise Fund to help do the repairs. Where was this money before the water crisis? Good question & what else are they hiding.
This crisis was originally covered by local and national news as a result of the drought. This is so far from the truth. If it was drought, FEMA would have been here and everyone affected could have applied for assistance. If it was drought related why was it the ONLY well to dry up? Since then one station has done a simple follow up on the negligence.
There is so much to report here. If only we could get an investigative reporter out here, they would have a field day reporting their findings....