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Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore

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Offline elhombre

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Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« on: February 23, 2018, 10:55:00 AM »
I first noticed it during my Christmas trip.  The water spigot behind the visitor's center in the basin was gone.  I went in to ask what had happened to it.  The volunteers never knew it was there, and didn't know anything.  They said they had only been there a few weeks.

It was still gone when we were there this past week.  This time, I found a nose-ringed ranger at the front desk.  I asked what happened to it, and she said they took it out because of a water shortage.  If I need to get water, I should use the water fountain bottle filler station outside the front doors.  I asked how am I suppose to fill my 5 gallon container at that little bottle station?  I was directed to go to the campground some 1/2 mile away by road where there are plenty of spigots to use.

Hmmm....The water spigot that has been behind the visitor's center for as long as I remember was removed because of a water shortage, but the spigots at the campground are all still there.... :eusa_think:

So, were there a bunch of visitors standing around the thing, constantly turning it on, and waiting for water to come out?  But there was no water to be had?  Were the rangers tired of having to walk out there, and explain to the thirsty that no water will be coming out of the thing anytime soon because of a "water shortage"?

I guess turning it off underground and hanging a sign on it during a "water shortage" is way more difficult than permanently removing the entire thing?  Someone planned and placed it in that location for a reason.  Now some "customer service expert" decided that it was a bad idea?  Was it leaking, and the time and money to fix the dripping valve was too much so that the entire thing had to be removed?  Were people like me simply filling up big containers, then maliciously pouring it out just to waste the water?  You have some data to support this decision?

So, if you want to fill up your jugs, and drink the best tasting water that is available in the park, you must drive down to the Basin campground and use one of the many spigots down there.  Apparently none of them are affected by the "water shortage". :banghead:
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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018, 11:04:59 AM »
The one in front of the PJ Visitor Center had an Out of Order sign on one of my recent trips. I didn't test it, but I bet if I twisted the knob, water would have come out.

From bits and pieces I have gathered, I suspect the reasons are more mechanical in nature for the "water shortage" than a true lack of supply. For PJ, one of the wells is having issues of some sort. For the Basin, I recall mention of an issue with the pipe coming up from Oak Spring.  I suspect deferred maintenance may in fact be the culprit. Perhaps a bake sale would be in order?   :eusa_think:

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Offline Lance

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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 03:01:16 PM »
So, if you want to fill up your jugs, and drink the best tasting water that is available in the park, you must..
..bring jugs full of rain water from home. Just make sure not to touch the spout with your dirty hands when pouring!

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2018, 04:06:18 PM »
Dang, I knew there used to be a spigot there!  I was there in November, and my girlfriend thought I was crazy because I kept walking in circles behind the ranger station looking for a faucet that obviously wasn't there.

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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2018, 06:12:21 PM »
Dang, I knew there used to be a spigot there!  I was there in November, and my girlfriend thought I was crazy because I kept walking in circles behind the ranger station looking for a faucet that obviously wasn't there.

Hahahaha  :rolling:  That's hilarious.  But, then again, not really.  :icon_cry:  I'm gonna miss that spigot. Sure was nice for Chisos hikes.
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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2018, 01:22:47 PM »

A moment of silence for the spigot.
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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2018, 01:47:23 PM »

A moment of silence for the spigot.

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What's with the short guy in the photo? Clearly he's not a backpacker.
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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2018, 03:33:54 PM »

A moment of silence for the spigot.

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What's with the short guy in the photo? Clearly he's not a backpacker.
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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2018, 07:47:24 AM »

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Re: Don't Go Looking for the Water Spigot in the Basin Anymore
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2018, 11:07:31 AM »

A moment of silence for the spigot.

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What's with the short guy in the photo? Clearly he's not a backpacker.
I thought that was Shane!!!

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