What's believed to be an act of vandalism will cause residents and farmers on Orchard Mesa to be without irrigation water next week. The Orchard Mesa Irrigation District is planning to drain a segment of Canal Number 2 in order to replace a portion of the liner that was apparently cut.
The District Manager believes someone intentionally cut large holes in the liner, allowing the water to seep over the banks and underneath the canal, possibly contaminating ground water.
Properties between 31 Road and Rainbow Drive both north and south of Highway 50 will be impacted by the repair work that could take several days to complete.
Officials believe the liner was cut sometime in late April, just weeks after the $50,000 liner improvements to the canal were completed.
Irrigation officials are asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call the Mesa County Sheriff's Office or the Crimestoppers Hotline.
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