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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Working on Fix to Water Woes

Staff Report
Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Carlsbad Caverns National Park officials are working on a long-term solution to the southeastern New Mexico's recent water problems.

Below-freezing temperatures last week resulted in the bursting of the park's above-ground main water supply line. That forced the park to close Friday and Saturday.

The park reopened Sunday but with only limited services. The visitor center and park offices lack running water, so portable lavatories are set up in the visitor center's parking lot.

Meanwhile, underground drinking fountains and restrooms are working.

Park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke says an interim fix is expected to be completed in about two weeks, but a longer-term solution calls for burying the 6,900 feet of above-ground pipe.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that that work will begin soon and be finished in about two months.

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