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January 08 12:05 PM

Blanchard without water, boil advisory issued

Water leaks simply overload water plant.

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Blanchard Utilities crew. - File Photo

Residents and businesses in and around the Blanchard area are currently without water and it is expected that they will be without water until this evening, according to a water department source.

Blanchard Utilities workers say leaks on private customer lines simply caused the plant not be able to keep up with the demands of water caused by the leaks.

The new electronic water meters installed by the town however will help Blanchard water crews to locate customers with leaks, said the source, as employees can simply drive around using a laptop computer and determine which customers most likely have a leak. 

The plan is to keep customers closest to the plant using water while crews patrol those areas and locate customers with leaks.  Employees will turn off the water to those customers to prevent them from suffering high water bills and at the same time reserving the water being produced by the plant.  Once the customers with leaks are detected and shut off, other areas on the water system will be reactivated and the same process of leak detection will begin in those areas until the water system is fully operational again.  That is expected to happen before dark this evening (Wednesday).

Blanchard Utilities crews will continue to patrol and monitor individual water usage throughout the next couple of days.  In the meantime a water boil advisory is in effect until further notice.  Customers are advised to boil the water before human consumption. 

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