Mossbank Water Facility took a turn for the worse, leaving residents without any water over night.
Rick Rollie, the town superintendant, had been planning repairs to a pipe between the town’s reservoir and the pump house for months. Precautionary boil water advisories had been handed out to town residents prior to the repairs as they moved to a temporary reservoir tank that they had brought in to enable water usage while the repairs were under way.
The move to the temporary tank was originally going to cause the water to be shut off for two hours, and Mossbank residents were prepared to be without water for that amount of time. But with 50-year-old infrastructure carrying water to the homes of around 330 Mossbank residents, pressure from the wells caused a supply line to break.
“Because we’re unhooking and hooking, I guess it disturbed the line and it let go. So we had to do a repair there too,” said Rollie. “Something unforeseen came up. That’s the way it is.”
The break caused Rollie and his team to keep the water supply shut off overnight while they repaired the unexpected break. However, residents were able to replenish their water supply Monday night thanks to some handiwork from Rollie.
“He was able to rig it up so we could at least have it on for an hour on Monday evening so that (residents) could fill buckets and stuff for flushing toilets and doing dishes or whatever,” said Cindy Kimball, the town’s administrator.
Tuesday afternoon, Rollie and his team had fixed the unexpected break and, supplied by the temporary tank, the water was turned back on.
However, the town remains under a precautionary boil water advisory, as was planned before the unexpected break happened.
“Whenever you take the pressure off a distribution system, you can end up with a vacuum in the system,” said Rollie. “At every joint, it could suck air or something into the line around the seals and possibly cause contamination.”
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