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Trout Canyon Residents Struggle With Loss of Water

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LAS VEGAS -- The fire may be out on Mount Charleston, but for residents, the damage left behind is devastating.

Their homes were spared, but a vital water pipeline in Trout Canyon took a huge hit as the flames spread and residents are still without water.

They can't drink water, they can't wash their clothes, water their plants, or even flush their toilets.

Dennis Walker has been counting the days of being dried out.

"We're in day 23 today without water," Trout Canyon resident Dennis Walker said.

The Carpenter 1 wildfire changed the way of life in Trout Canyon.

"No water in our houses (or) the toilets," Trout Canyon resident Brad Kleitz said. "The county has provided water temporarily to help get us through a short-term situation."

The three-mile private pipeline was damaged in at least 82 spots, according to a Southern Nevada Health District inspection.

Residents attended a public meeting to figure out where to go from here.

"Getting equipment in that area is going to be very difficult," said Dan Tarnowski of the Nevada Rural Water Association. "Trying to find funding sources for a project that could be $1.5 million to $3 million."

Rick Martin's family built the above ground pipeline, which takes water from a spring to about 30 Trout Canyon homes.

"(For) 55 years, it's produced good potable water," Martin said.

Martin said he hopes the pipeline can be repaired.

The residents have never been charged for water all these years, but that could change.

"You've got environmental factors that you have to deal with," Martin said. "You have the engineering factors that you have to deal with. You have the bureaucratic red tape, if you will, that you have to deal with."

It will take some time before water is running again at Trout Canyon.

Residents never realized how much we need water, until now, when they don't have one drop.

"I think it could be months," Trout Canyon resident Dennis Walker said. "We're in crisis mode. We need water."

Residents in Trout Canyon will apply for government grants to pay for any repairs and consider forming a non-profit. They're also working with other government officials to get the vital resource to their homes again.

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