Trout Canyon residents hoping to have water line repaired
Trout Canyon residents have their homes but no water supply. Now they're trying to assess the damage and who will pay to have the water line repaired.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Carpenter 1 wildfire is still smoldering, and some of the green landscape is now black above Trout Canyon, but the homes were saved when the fire came dangerously close.
Don Kubinski said the fire came within 35 to 50 yards from his property line, "It was scary, but I'm home."
But the fire destroyed the 2.5-mile-long water supply line, so residents now have to get water in other ways, some with personal water tanks.
The county is loaning services like drinking and non-potable water and installed showers for residents for at least a week.
Mario Travino of the Nevada Task Force One said, "These are just temporary situations to help them get back to normal until they get their utilities back up."
The waterline was built by the Bowman family in the 60s on a government land easement. It feeds these homes but it now needs major repairs.
Rick Martin is related to the original family. He said seeing the fire damage makes you feel like crying because it's such a charred mess.
When asked what he's going to do for water, Martin said, "We'll go forward with our plan which is to use pieces of the original pipeline and splice them in. It's the only option we see."
The challenge is that it's a three-mile trail ride and then about a one-mile hike to the top of the waterline.
Martin said government help isn't likely because it's a private water supply. Here residents don't pay a water bill and he said some neighbors might be willing to help out. But some may not.
Kubinski said hopefully he won't have to pay because, "It's a lot of money."