Taos Mesa Brewing's Taos Taproom called it an early night just as business was beginning to pick up Monday (July 23) because a water line ruptured on Kit Carson Road. Other businesses and residences in the southeastern corner of central Taos may have also been affected.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative internet service was experiencing simultaneous outages, which Taproom staff thought might have been caused by efforts to fix the broken line on Monday. A lightning strike had also taken out a power pole earlier in the afternoon.
"It’s a real bummer," said Jason Wylie, one of the head brewers at Taos Mesa Brewing. "We're going to miss out on $3,000 dollars worth of revenue and we’re going to disappoint all of our customers. And this is not the first time it’s happened."
As Wylie spoke, a team of town workers had convened on the broken line, which was spitting water onto Kit Carson Road just past the public parking lot and horse stables on the south side of the roadway.
Businesses more central to Taos Plaza, including Quechua Peruvian Restaurant, The Gorge Bar and Grill and Lambert's, reported that their water was still flowing and internet service functioning as of 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Wylie said he and his team operate their business next to a failing, 40-year-old water pump, which has caused problems for his business in the past.
"Obviously our infrastructure is failing," he said. "We’re in the same boat as a lot of the infrastructure around the county, apparently."
A public information request has been submitted to the town of Taos for an update on the water situation.
The cause of the leak was unknown as of press time.
The town has also been scrambling to address power outages that have affected wide swaths of the town of Taos due to severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon.
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