Well in Crows Landing fails; 137 left without water

Crows Landing’s only serviceable well failed Monday evening, leaving residents and business owners without water last night and today.

A Modesto contractor working on the well expects to restore service by 6 p.m., said Ignacio Lopez, director of the community services district for the unincorporated town on Highway 33, south of Patterson. The district has 137 customer hookups.

Lopez said water service was cut off Monday evening because of a broken drive shaft on the well pump. Crews have found other problems that need to be fixed, so a submersible pump will be used to restore service, Lopez said.

Crows Landing’s other well ceased to operate in July. Stanislaus County supervisors recently approved a $20,000 grant to cover most of the repair costs for that well. Lopez said the parts should arrive soon and that well could be running again next week.

Monday’s well failure creates another expense for the small district. Lopez said he will tally the repair costs and hold a special meeting with the board.