Editorial: Questa housing wake up-call

Posted 2/7/19

Some 20 families in Questa’s low-income housing called Casitas de Questa have been without natural gas to heat their homes or water for a month.

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Editorial: Questa housing wake up-call

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Some 20 families in Questa’s low-income housing called Casitas de Questa have been without natural gas to heat their homes or water for a month.

It would be easy to play the blame game. But it was largely a confluence of a 40-year-old pipeline system, Mother Nature and bad luck that left the families without a needed resource for so long. Since the system sprang leaks and the gas was turned off, crews have worked diligently to resolve the problem. We talk more about what happened in a story in this week’s edition of The Taos News.

If there is a silver lining, it is that the community of Questa – a village hit by more than its share of bad luck in the last 20 years after the loss of its primary economic driver when the Molycorp mine closed – stepped up to help their own. Local businesses, along with the Northern Regional Housing Authority, have offered free food vouchers and delivered water. One even had showers available for people to use.

The situation, though, is a warning for Taos, which has a similar aging pipeline system and a master meter at its Ranchitos Road housing projects. We hope that system will be replaced before next winter to reduce the possibility of a similar problem leaving some Taos families in a similar bad situation.

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