2012-10-04 / Top News

McDowell water to stay on at night, for now

By Anne Adams, Staff Writer

MONTEREY — McDowell water users have not had their water cut off at night the last few days, and in an emergency meeting this afternoon (Friday), officials agreed to keep water on at night as long as the tank levels hold.

However, county and health officials urge customers to keep boiling their drinking water because some water from well No. 3 is still being added into the McDowell system.

The “raw” water from that well contains bacterial contaminants, and while it is being treated with chlorine to make it safe from taps, officials want users to take the extra precaution of boiling water before it’s ingested.

Users on the system are also urged to conserve water. Citizens can conserve by limiting the amount of laundry washed per week; and avoid washing vehicles, watering lawns, or other nonessential tasks as much as possible. Individuals can also reduce individual water usage inside the home.

Kenny Reynolds, water circuit rider for Virginia Rural Water, told supervisors that while two weeks ago the system had used 51,000 gallons in a 24-hour period, the system in the last roughly 30 hours had only used 31,000.

Reynolds noted some major leaks had been repaired, and the tank seemed to be holding steady, but the problem is not completely resolved. He volunteered to check every meter on the system this afternoon, to listen for other leaks that may not have shown up in previous tests.

Meanwhile, until well No. 3 is no longer cutting on and adding water to the system, customers should continue to boil drinking water.

County officials also discussed several potential funding sources for major repairs, and decided to review where things stand at their next meeting Oct. 17.

See full details of today’s meeting in next week’s Recorder.

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