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Boil water advisory lifted in Crockett


By Alton Porter

The boil water advisory, which had been in effect in the City of Crockett as a result of last week's hard freeze episode, was lifted Tuesday, according to City Administrator John Angerstein. The frigid temperature, which dipped into the low teens in Houston County during the severe winter weather event caused water in many of the city's water pipes to freeze and some of the water lines to burst. That caused the city's water system to lose pressure and disrupt service to many residents, necessitating the advisory. Now that repairs have been made and the system returned to normal, city water customers no longer have to boil their tap water before consuming. City workers sent water samples off to a lab to be tested Monday morning, Jan. 22, and test results the city received Tuesday morning confirmed the water is now safe to drink without having to boil it, Angerstein told the Courier. So the boil water advisory was lifted. "It started as of the time when people lost pressure," Angerstein said. When the water service resumed, then they automatically had to go under boil water notice. So, we put out a reverse 911 notice to everyone here in Crockett and put it on Facebook Friday evening." Angerstein explained that it was a boil water advisory for water consumption only and city water customers still could "wash clothes, dishes and everything else, and take showers in it." They just were advised not to drink it straight from the faucet without first boiling it. He had suggested that city water customers might use bottled water for consumption. In explaining what led to the boil water advisory, Angerstein said, "We had multiple leaks all of last week, starting with the weather. So, we were continually losing pressure throughout the week in our water levels in our tower. "And we had a major leak on Friday (Jan. 19), which caused us to lose water in our tower on the east side (of the city). So, most people lost water service. They actually lost water service at 5:30 (Friday) on the east side." Angerstein said the problem started Tuesday last week "with the bad weather—the freeze—that we got. We started getting a lot of water main breaks. We were continually fixing them, but we couldn't catch up with them. With the amount of breaks we were getting, we couldn't fix them fast enough." He said city workers were responding to as many as 14 such breaks at one point during the severe freezing weather. "When you fix one water break, you cut the pipe open," the city administrator explained. "So, you lose pressure. So, then, you turn your pumps on to compensate for it. And that fluctuation of pressure causes other pipes to break. It's a snowball effect." As of Monday, all leaks caused by last week's artic temperatures had been repaired and pressure had been restored by about 4 a.m., he said. Angerstein added, "I would like to give accolades to Consolidated Water Supply Corp. and Fast Track Construction Co. for coming in to assist us on Friday night. They came in and helped us repair some of those leaks with their manpower and equipment."


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