Crews continue working to restore water service in Zavalla

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 11:55 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2022 at 7:45 PM CST
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ZAVALLA, Texas (KTRE) - The City of Zavalla has been without running water for a few days now.

Service was restored late Tuesday night, but on Wednesday morning people woke up to no water again.

Zavalla Public Works Director Clark Lowery said parts of the city lost water Sunday night going into Monday morning. Then on Tuesday no one in the city had water.

This was caused by an electrical issue.

“Sunday Night, early Monday morning is when I got my first call on it, and it’s something that we have been dealing with for the past few days,” Lowery said.

Lowery said the system hasn’t been able to catch back up, this leads them to believe a leak is the issue.

“We actually started using this well here, pressurizing the high tower on Marshal Street, and once it got to a certain pressure, we shut this off. And I was going to see if it was going to hold pressure throughout the night,” Lowery said. “So when I got here this morning, the pressure was dropping and that’s kind of telling me I’ve either got a leak or some other issues.”

Lowery said their plan is to re-pressurize the well and have crews out looking for a leak.

Margie Tarver lives in Zavalla and said she has to either buy her water or go to her son’s house who has a well.

“We were out a night and two days, I think.” Tarver said.

Lowery asks residents to be patient as the search for the issue.

“Just bear with us, we’re doing the best we can. I’ve been here since May and I’ve learned a lot and there is still a lot I don’t know, so bear with me,” Lowery said.

Lowery said, as of now, they have no timeline on when the water will be restored.

The city has also contacted county emergency management to assist them to get water to be handed out to residents. The city is also under a boil water notice. The city said they will continue to update residents of the status of the restoration process on their social media pages. They also ask for people in the city to check their homes and water sources, and if they know of any leaks to report them.