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07/13/06 - Angelina County

Central Residents Being Asked to Conserve Water

by Ramonica R. Jones

Around 7:00 a.m. Thursday, complaints starting pouring in to the Central Water District about low water pressure. Sometime Wednesday night, a transformer blew at Plant 3 off FM 2021 causing the well to stop working.

John O'Quinn, Central Water Operator, said, "What caused it was our motor shorted out. Something locked up in the motor and blowed the fuse on the transformer."

More than 2,000 residents in Central and Idlewood are being asked to save as much water as possible.

"Until we get this plant back online, we just ask everybody to not be watering your yard or your garden, don't be washing your cars outside, and just conserve as much as you can until we get this problem solved," said Jason Allen, Class C Water Operator

It'll cost thousands of dollars to fix the problem, but the Central Water Department was already in the process of fixing two other wells. There are supposed to be four wells supplying water to Idlewood and Central, but now there is only one well for the entire district.

"We only have one in operation at this time," said O'Quinn. "We had two that's been down for a while and Well 3 went down [Thursday] night."

Central water officials have leased a motor from a Houston-area company while their motor is being repaired. They hope to have the system back up and running before Friday.

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