Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
Water Woes Impact Golconda Residents
GOLCONDA -- Water pipe leaks in Pope County continue to cause problems for residents in Golconda. The city ran out of water reserves on Thursday, leaving hundreds of residents without water.
Pipe leaks, caused by the severe weather on Monday, stopped water flow to the Golconda tower and left the town with a reserve of 350,000 gallons. It dried up within three days.
"The supply coming to us was actually shut off for a while and it drained our water reserves and our tanks," explains Mayor John Broadway.
Hundreds of residents began experiencing the water shortage right away.
"It just kept going down and down and finally went out," explains resident Gilbert Oetjen. "I prepared by filling up two five gallon buckets."
Oetjen was without water for more than 24 hours before the pipes were fixed and water was restored Sunday evening.
Mayor Broadway says the situation is far from fixed, though.
"It has been a tough situation, but everybody has really worked together and hung in there and worked around the clock," he says.
Dozens of citizens were still without water Sunday evening. City official say the issue will be fixed as soon as the Millstone District can finish refilling the tower.
"They started pumping to us at 7:30 (Sunday) morning and they say they will pump to us all day," explains Broadway. "They are pumping the maximum that they can, and we are gaining ground in our towers right now."
He says the water tower could be filled by as early as Monday. But even after all water is restored, a boil water order will remain in effect for several more days.
Wind: 16 MPH
Humidity: 75 %