City leaders in Marlin are urging folks to conserve water so that they can keep the city's treatment plant online and supplying water to the city.
Last Tuesday, a cleaning solution accidentally made its way into the treatment plant's water filters. The filters became clogged and resulted in low water pressure throughout the system. On Friday, the city implemented the 6th and final of its Drought Contingency Plan, water allocation.
Mayor Elizabeth Nelson asked residents to follow the water conservation guidelines and to call police if they saw anyone violating the rules.
"This is really very serious," said Nelson. "So, anyone that is violating this request is really putting the whole city in danger. We have to conserve as much water as possible."
Mayor Elizabeth Nelson said Monday that it could take up to a week or longer before the system would be back to normal. In the meantime, crews are working to clean out the water filters in order to keep the system going.
Nelson said the last thing the city wanted was to see businesses and restaurants close because of the water shortage. However, Nelson added that the current water usage indicated that residents and business owners were being "very cooperative."
Pallets of water were standing by Monday afternoon at the fire department in downtown Marlin. From there, they would be delivered to schools, the healthcare system and the prison. Fire Chief Curtis Keener said the city of Lott also offered to supply tankers full of water.
"We've got 2 tankers acquired right now for potable water transplant," said Keener. "Between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. [Tuesday], we'll be shuttling water non-stop from Lott to Marlin."
City leaders continue to ask residents of Marlin to boil their water for at least two minutes before consumption.
The water conservation steps to be implemented are as follows:
-Irrigation of landscape areas is absolutely prohibited
-No use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or other hard surfaced areas
-No use of water to wash down any sidewalk, driveway, parking lots, tennis courts, ect.
-No use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purpose other than immediate fire protection
-No use of water to flush guttering or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street
-No use of water to fill, refill, or add to any inside or outside swimming pools or Jacuzzi-type pools
-Water users must repair a controllable leak within a reasonable period after having been given notice direction the repair of such leaks
-No use of water in a fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes except where necessary to support aquatic life
-No use of water from fire hydrants, except for non-potable purposes, when approved by the City Manager or Water Supt. and for firefighting
-No application for new, additional, expanded, or increase in size of water service connections, meters, service lines, pipeline extensions, mains or water service facilities or any kind shall be approved
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:04 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:04:15 GMT
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