Pump malfunction prompts Valley Pioneers to buy water from improvement district

The Valley Pioneers Water Co.

in Golden Valley is temporarily buying water from the Golden Valley Improvement District since a malfunction in a well pump triggered an emergency, according to general manager John Clayton.

Valley Pioneers began receiving water from GVID after Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson authorized the sale May 7, county improvement district supervisor Zelda Wright said.

The three-member board is scheduled to consider the emergency water connection when the supervisors meet on Monday.

"It's just to keep their tanks topped off," Wright said.

Wright said she did not know how long the service will last, adding the initial agreement was for two weeks.

"It depends on how long it takes them to get their pump up and running," she said.

Valley Pioneers will need to buy water for another week, Clayton said.

He said the water company hired a contractor who replaced the motor and pump last week at the pump site at Chino Drive and Colorado Road.

"This is just a temporary emergency situation," Clayton said.

"We'll get through it."

Valley Pioneers is buying an average of 60,000 gallons of water a day from GVID, Clayton said.

GVID is selling the water for $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, $1.25 more than what the water company charges per 1,000-gallon increments up to the first 14,000 gallons.

The water company will absorb the higher costs, Clayton said.

"There will be no additional charge to our customers," he said.

Valley Pioneers, which serves 24 square miles in eastern Golden Valley, sold more than 11.4 million gallons in April and mailed bills to 1,607 customers this month, Clayton said.

The typical residential customer uses 10,000 gallons per month during the summer.

Clayton said he is pleased that the county is providing the temporary supply, adding Valley Pioneers would reciprocate if GVID faced a similar situation.

Valley Pioneers is a member-owned water company.

In GVID, those who own property within its 40-square-mile zone pay off bonds for water and street improvements over a 10-year period.

The water company will not face a similar situation in the future because it will add its fifth well next March, Clayton said.