Water plant, systems strained

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Sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall during the past week created problems for the Mountain View Water Plant and the rural water associations who purchase water from it.

With customers throughout the county dripping water to prevent freezing, and using more than the normal amount while stranded at home, the water plant was struggling to keep pace.

Last Wednesday, the Mountain View Water Department requested rural water associations throttle pumps back to a normal level or shut pumps off for 15 minutes every hour to help prevent tank levels in Mountain View from falling further, according to Keith Johnson, department superintendent.

The situation was discussed and questioned on social media.

“We have had a lot of calls that are claiming that the Mountain View Water System has turned off the water to the West Stone County Water Association. There is no truth to this,” Johnson said Wednesday. “The Mountain View Water Department water tanks levels were dropping to the point we were beginning to get concerned.”

He explained that the system pumps had been running for more than 24 hours, which normally only happens occasionally during hot summer weather. As a precaution, he requested that all water systems connected to the Mountain View system take preventive action.

“All the associations were cooperative with us to help solve this problem,” Johnson said. “Our levels in our tank has risen some but still lower than we want it to be.”

A request of all customers to conserve water whenever possible continues.

Read the full story in the Feb. 24 issue, which include details of the Fifty Six and Sylamore Valley water systems, which were both under boil water orders as of press time.

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