On Friday February 6th, 2015, a fire swept through our community of Swall Meadows. Although the official cause at the time of this posting was yet undetermined, it was believed to have been started by high winds and electrical wires.
In a matter of hours, the fire pushed through Swall Meadows aided by 75 mph winds with gusts over 95 mph. The fire spread to 7000 acres in one day and significant rain stopped the advance on Saturday, February 10th. 39 structures were destroyed. 30 homes at last count survived. Several homes within our Hilltop water system and Lower water system were burnt down to their foundation.
Our district lost well house 1 in the Pinon / Rimrock system which contained valves and telemetry that allowed Reservoir 1 to fill. A temporary manual value and a structure for insulation were put in place until permanent repairs can begin. None of our three operating wells or two reservoirs were otherwise damaged from the fire.
Temporary generators were brought in to run the wells to fill the reservoirs until the electricity was restored. Water was essential for home owners to return to the area for re-population and additional fire fighting of hotspots. Since several homes were reduced to their foundation, their water was turned off at the street. Also the reservoirs were run very low. It was therefore prudent to issue a boil order until the water could be tested several days later. The boil order was receinded Thursday February 12, 2015. For those homes where the water was turned off, if sprinklers or watering is desired, simply perform any plumbing necessary and contact any one of the board members or email us to have your water turned back on. All contact information is located on this web site under the "contact us" page.