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Pierce City water update

Thursday, March 29, 2012 ~ Updated 3:49 PM

Conditions appear to have returned to normal in Pierce City following a water supply incident on Tuesday.

Blown fuses on the city's south well shut down pumping. The problem was not discovered until the supply in both water towers dropped below pressure levels recommended by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

City Clerk Julie Johnson said tests on water samples are due back at 10:30 a.m on Friday. The city issued a voluntary boil recommendation in light of the situation. The recommendation remains in effect until test samples confirm no bacteria got into the water supply. Johnson said city water is chlorinated, so even with low pressure, problems were unlikely.

The American Red Cross provided a supply of water to the Pierce City R-6 School District on Wednesday but did not restock the supply today.

Empire District Electric checked on Wednesday to see if repairs made on a nearby transformer affected the city well, and no problems were found. Johnson said the well has a history of blowing fuses. The cause of the problem has not been determined.



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