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Water back on in Walsenburg following repairs

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UPDATE: Water is back on in the entire city of Walsenburg as of 4:10 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The city had to shut off water Wednesday to upgrade its current water system and the city's contractor, Gary Vezzani, tells News 5 it's been a long six weeks. But according to the city's public works director, everything is back on track Wednesday night.

The project began back in October and hit a bump in the road this week after it turned out that closing the valves in one area wasn't effective.

So on Wednesday, water access was shut off for part of the city.

Sixteen city employees set out to notify those affected in the north side of town on a tight timeline of less than 24 hours. 

The city's contractor also added that deadline depends in large part on the weather because if the temperatures keep dropping... They'll have to push paving off until spring. 

The City of Walsenburg says the city's water will be shut off for 12 hours Wednesday, from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The city sent a letter to residents saying the water services will be off due to an upgrade in the current water system. 

After two failed overnight contingency plans, Public Works director Dave Harriman said they had no choice but to temporarily shut off the city's water services.

The city is supposed to give 24-72 hours notice on a project like this.  But Harriman said the contractor indicated if they did that, they might end up paying double the price.

Huerfano Re-1 Schools (Walsenbug and Gardner) will be closed as well.

The city says the water should be back on by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday.

There will be updates every two hours on the City of Walsenburg website and World Journal Facebook page.

For questions or more information between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. please call the Utility Office at 719-735-1240.

For inquiries after 4:00 p.m. please call Public Works Director David Harriman at 719-989-0437. 

Here is the letter that was sent to residents: 

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