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Marlin Water Plant down again after pipe burst, mayor says

Posted at 6:09 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 19:50:52-05

MARLIN, TX — (UPDATE: 6:50 p.m., February 17) Mayor Lofton has issued the following message:

City of Marlin Water Director and others have traveled to Waco and secured the 20" piping needed to complete repairs. They are waiting for the 45 and 90 degree elbows of schedule 40 that is scheduled to come in overnight. The plant is currently in a holding pattern until ALL the materials are in hand. Once received, repairs will begin.


The Marlin Water Plant has reported a 10" pipe burst and is currently down, according to Marlin Mayor Carolyn Lofton.

Crews in Marlin have been working to restore water to residents after issues with the water plant caused many to go without water.

In a press release Sunday night, Mayor Lofton announced the water plant was dealing with damages, including a belt in the backup generator blowing out and both compressors becoming inoperable.

Lofton asked residents to conserve as much water as possible Sunday.

The Marlin Water Plant was up and producing water Monday, according to the mayor.

However, Lofton said they are again trying to make repairs Tuesday evening.

According to Lofton, needed supplies are not available at local vendors due to other cities having the same issue at their plants and supplies currently depleted.

"Water personnel are trying to locate the supplies they need and make arrangements to get the parts here," Mayor Lofton said Tuesday evening. "I cannot emphasize enough how difficult it has been for these workers to try to operate our water plant in subfreezing and freezing temperatures. Their tenacious spirit keeps them pushing to get water to all of the citizens of Marlin despite insurmountable odds."

Mayor Lofton said they are taking note of the issues they are experiencing so Marlin can better prepare for the unlikely event that this occurs again.

"In the meantime, please locate a warm location and buckle in for another round of wintry weather coming tonight until tomorrow afternoon," Mayor Lofton said.