Edinburg issues water alert
Edinburg remains on a water-conservation alert after a well pump stopped working late last week.
Crews repaired the malfunctioning equipment over the weekend but users should continue to conserve water for the next few days so the town can replenish its supply, Mayor Daniel Harshman said Monday.
Edinburg alerted users Friday and asked that they conserve water for the next seven days. The larger of the town’s wells went out of service when the pump stopped working. The town had to cut back on water production and drew from its storage tank.
“We were still able to produce water,” Harshman said. “We just weren’t able to produce at a rate that would’ve handled the town in a normal usage.”
The malfunction reduced production to about 110,000 gallons per day. The town customers use about 150,000 gallons per day.
Users were asked to hold off on washing laundry and cars, filling swimming pools and other non-essential consumption.
“We knew that the tanks would start to drop,” Harshman said.
The town draws its water from two wells and its system is permitted to produce up to 225,000 gallons per day. A malfunctioning pump station can limit water production though Edinburg, like many towns, keeps water stored in case of emergency.
Edinburg built its water treatment plant in the late 1990s and upgraded the system in 2004, Harshman said. The town has experienced some major problems with the system in the past several years.
Town officials hope to bring another water storage tank online in the near future that would expand supplies by 200,000 gallons.
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