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Water outage in Pierce City prompts voluntary boil advisory from City Hall

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 ~ Updated 9:36 AM

Pierce City is under a voluntary boil order due to a mechanical failure in the water system.

According to City Clerk Julie Johnson, city wells are checked daily, and some time after the check on Tuesday, fuses blew on the south water tower, shutting down the well.

Water users drained the supply in both the north and south water towers, dropping pressure to unusable levels. The city began receiving calls between 6:30 and 7 p.m. last night. At that point, water superintendent Wayne Sooter said he discovered the blown fuses.

The cause of the mechanical failure was not known at presstime today. Johnson said Empire District Electric repaired a transformer in the vicinity on Friday that may have had a residual effect on the situation. Empire returned yesterday and is continuing to assess the situation.

Sooter began flushing water lines at 4 a.m. today. Samples were being taken for lab tests to determine if the water is again safe for use.

Mayor Allen Stockton issued an alert, advising water system users to voluntarily boil their drinking water until further notice. The boil order was not ordered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), though DNR standards recommend precautions under sub-standard water pressure.

The American Red Cross brought a water supply for use at the Pierce City schools today.

Initially, it was thought a broken water main had caused the drop in water pressure. Sooter said the south tower has a history of blowing fuses.

Water in Pierce City is chlorinated, said Johnson, so the possibility of any danger to the public is minimal.



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