Bishop Paiute Tribe Pumping Water at Reduced Capacity | Pump Failure & High-demand

Well, it’s not quite THIS bad, but there are water restrictions on the Bishop Tribe Reservation due to water pumping problems and high-use.

Press Release from Bishop Paiute Tribe Pumping Water at Reduced Capacity. Pump Failures Prompt Mandatory Restrictions

July 28th, 2020 – Inyo County – The Bishop Paiute Tribe is experiencing low water pressure reservation wide due to the high demand of water usage and minimal storage and pumping capacity.

The Bishop Paiute Reservation has six drinking water wells with two wells each located at PaMe Lane, Tibec Lane, and Siebu Lane. Currently three out of six wells are inoperable. With the temperatures rising, and more community members staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic the water usage has gone up significantly.

The Public Works Department is working hard to secure funding and contracts to make the needed repairs and replacements for inoperable pumps and motors of the three wells. It is of highest priority to ensure our community has continuous safe drinking water.

The following restrictions apply to all residential, commercial, non-profit and Tribal entities. No use of the domestic water for any water users is allowed on Mondays. Even numbered addresses may water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 5:00am-10:00am and 5:00pm-10:00pm . Odd numbered addresses only water on Wednesday Friday and Sunday from 5:00am-10:00am and 5:00pm-10:00pm.

These restrictions will be strictly enforced until further notice. The only exception to consider under these regulations is you may water any gardens and fruit trees as needed as long as it is not excessive. We encourage those that have access to irrigation or creeks to utilize those resources. If you have any questions or would like to report any violators, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works office at 760-873-6638. We thank you for your cooperation in joining the team of conservation.

Updates will be available to the public as they occur on KBPT-LP 96.1fm at the top of the hour for breaking information and at 8am, 11am, 6pm and 11pm for cumulative information.

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe located on its 879-acre Bishop Paiute Reservation in Inyo County, California. The Reservation was formed under Congressional Act 5299, P.L. No. 43 of April 20, 1937. The Tribe is committed to the well-being of its people. For more information please contact the Bishop Paiute Tribe at (760) 873-3584.

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BobK
BobK
2 years ago

You must not have been on Main st. or driven by the gas stations on N sierra hi way in the last month.

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  BobK

BobK, You must not have noticed that the price of gas has been down for months. It has been true across the country and numerous articles have been written about it. It was largely because of low demand as a result of the pandemic. With summer and many visitors now… Read more »

BobK
BobK
2 years ago

How long have the pumps been out of service?

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  BobK

Don’t know. Will ask.

BobK
BobK
2 years ago

You would think that with a casino, gas station and an upcoming gas station/. mini mart, that they could afford the repairs themselves.

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  BobK

The casino has been closed for several months, with the resultant loss of revenue along with other local businesses shut down because of the pandemic. There’s no reason to believe that the Bishop Tribe is awash in money. Even gas stations have seen a loss of business as the result… Read more »

Dee
Dee
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

Actually the casino was open recently, it might still be open.

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago

So they’re ok when you want to sign them up to help someone but public enemy number one when you don’t need them? Hmmm

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
2 years ago
Reply to  Good bye

With the LADWP having expertise and logistical supply and with having such a huge footprint and effect in the Eastern Sierra, if they could offer assistance in this case, only the Tribes could make the decision to work with them. The LADWP has the ability to do many good things… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
2 years ago

With three out of 6 wells inoperable it would seem that could be a much worse problem for folks if another pump went down. If acceptable to the Tribe it would be wonderful to hear of LADWP stepping up to assist the Tribe to immediately repair or replace the inoperable… Read more »

John Calhoun
John Calhoun
2 years ago

So now Inyo County is complicit with the already ongoing subjugation and oppression of the indigenous people of North America? Another example of the continued effects of colonization and genocide

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  John Calhoun

Other than the tribe being located in Inyo County, the county has nothing at all to do with the tribe’s infrastructure problems. They’re certainly not “complicit” in any way. The press release came directly from the tribe, so if you want clarification on this issue, you might consider contacting them.… Read more »