Since June 7, Hollis and other county staff have been working 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. driving truckloads of water to the village. He estimated they bring up between 40,000 and 50,000 gallons of water per day.
County fire marshal and emergency services coordinator Fred Hollis
Hollis said Magdalena received clearance to temporarily hook Magdalena Schools' well into the system, which will supply water to the village about 12 to 15 hours a day. He said they tried it Monday night and it pumps about 50 gallons a minute into the system.
He said with both the school well and Spears Well, there is a chance the village will have enough water to get by for now.
County manager Delilah Walsh told commissioners the county will probably need to pull more money from its general fund reserves to pay county staff overtime, for gas to ship water to Magdalena and other various related expenses.
"We are going to have to come for a budget adjustment when this is over," Walsh said.
secretary of the state Environment Department made an emergency declaration to allocate some funding to mitigate Magdalena's well crisis. However, he said there will be no money available to pay for work the county did before the declaration
when the supplemental well is running again, the village would have enough water "to survive," although not so much that residents will be able to, for instance, wash cars.
Hollis noted the process has been difficult since Magdalena's emergency responders have not come down for training to become familiar with ICS, or the incident command system. He expressed hope that those emergency responders will now see how important ICS is.
ICS, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, is a standardized, on-scene management structure that allows for several agencies to work together with a common organizational structure. It is used at all levels of government and is applicable across disciplines, such as police, firefighters, military and more.
Hollis said the Hop Canyon Volunteer Fire Department is on standby for such a contingency, and the department has a 36,000-gallon storage tank,
Hollis said the first thing emergency workers did was set up a fire protection plan for the village. "We've got pretty good (fire) protection up there," Hollis said.