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Mayor of Marlin urging residents to conserve water due to issues with water plant's compressor systems

Posted at 8:25 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 11:47:46-05

MARLIN, TX — UPDATE: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is in route to a facility in Waco to pick up a trailer with the compressor to deliver to the Marlin Water Plant.

However, due to weather conditions, this may take some time. Hon. Mayor Carolyn Lofton advises citizens to continue to conserve water in the meantime.

The warming station at the Marlin Men's Civic Center is available for those who may need it after noon today.


Marlin's mayor is urging residents to conserve water over the next few hours to stretch supply due to issues with the compressor systems at the Marlin Municipal Water Plant Sunday.

According to Marlin Mayor Carolyn Lofton, the Marlin Municipal Water Plant lost full electrical power around 6:30AM Sunday.

"The backup generator, which is tested monthly, kicked in but blew a belt around 7:30 am. The belt has been replaced and the generator is operational," Lofton said.

Oncor arrived at approximately 2:00 pm and was able to get the electricity restored. However, both compressor systems were knocked out by the storm and are inoperable, according to Lofton.

Lofton said a certified electrician has tried to make repairs but has not been successful.

"We currently have enough reserves to last until 9 am Monday morning. Falls County leadership has graciously extended us the use of a compressor and we are working to get it operational," Lofton said in a statement.

Lofton said they have identified another compressor in Waco.

"Our Fire Chief, and Emergency Management Officer, is working with Falls County Emergency Management, HOTCOG, and TDEM to get a compressor from Waco to Marlin," Lofton said.

"We will need customers to conserve water over the next few hours to stretch our current supply. TCEQ has been notified and they are working with the City regarding this emergency," Lofton said.

The Superintendent of Marlin ISD has made the Junior High gymnasium available as a warming center as needed.

Please call Marlin PD if you are in need of assistance for warmth or shelter at 254-883-9255