ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There are some thirsty canines at a popular Albuquerque dog park. Panting dogs and their owners have discovered there’s no water.
“We have been out of water in the park for about three days,” said Hans Lubbert.
Hans Lubbert and his two dogs visit the Santa Fe Village dog park in Albuquerque nearly every day.
“I don’t have anybody in the house. My wife passed away, so they are my babies,” he said.
The three usually walk the length of the park a few times before his two dogs pant their way to the park’s communal water bowl.
“You either press down or forward and usually the water comes running out of here,” said Lubbert.
Lubbert said the spout, which is maintained by the city, suddenly stopped working over the weekend.
“Nothing is coming, no, nada,” said Lubbert.
“I had to tilt it to just get the few little drops that was in there, so he could get some,” said Archie.
The city said there was a major main break near the park on Friday.
Officials are still working to fix it. In the meantime, they’ve had to shut off water to the park near Unser and Montano.
Lubbert and many others are now being forced to take matters into their own hands.
“We are starting to bring in the water from home because we know now it’s been three days,” said Lubbert.
Lubbert said he’s not upset that he has to supply water for his pet. Instead, he wants to know why the city didn’t notify the people about the problem in the first place.
“It would be nice if the city posted a note on the bulletin board over here and let us know,” he said.
Once KRQE News 13 told the city about the problem, an employee brought some water jugs out to the park.
The city hopes to have the water turned back on by the end of the week just in time for the busy holiday weekend.
The parks department only has a couple dozen workers to maintain almost 300 city parks which includes the city’s 13 dog parks.