Water main break leaves Hot Sulphur Springs high and dry
Sky-Hi Daily News
If Hot Sulphur Springs residents didn’t shower by 10 a.m. Tuesday, they found they weren’t showering at all, at least not in their homes.
The town experienced a water main break, and a Reverse 911 call was issued around 9 a.m. advising residents that water would be shut off to all buildings and homes in town “for an indefinite amount of time,” and that precautions needed to be taken.
The line connected to the town’s water storage tank broke around 3 a.m. Tuesday, evidenced by water leakage into the street. By 3 p.m. Tuesday, the town’s two water department employees and a hired contractor were in their 13th hour trying to locate the break.
“We’re seven feet on top of the water main right now,” said Hot Sulphur Springs Water Superintendent Jack Rickman by cell phone. He did not yet know if residents’ water would be turned on by today.
“But you can chase a water line until you’re blue in the face,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to get it fixed.”
The County Seat restaurant, for one, closed for the day because of the lack of water.
All county offices, the jail and judicial employees were forced to use portable toilets.
“Let me tell you, it’s a little cold out there,” said a Sheriff’s Office employee.
A portable toilet was located in a locked and controlled outdoor recreation area connected to the jail for inmates to use, according to Undersheriff Walt Eldridge.
“We’re doing what we have to do to get by,” Eldridge said. “We’re a 24-7 operation here, and when situations arise, we deal with it.”
Hot Sulphur Springs Resort was also able to stay open for business. The pools are hot-spring fed, but the showers and faucets depend on town water. By 1 p.m., front desk employee Angie Stubbs said few people were using the springs due to the weather. For those who did soak Tuesday, no town water may have boosted skin health. “Normally, we recommend that people do not shower afterward anyway, to get the full benefits of the hot springs,” Stubbs said.
Mayor Hershal Deputy said the town may take a dip too ” into reserve funds, that is.
The water main break may further strain the town’s modest financial resources.
But the mayor seemed to be taking the news in stride.
“When it comes to this kind of stuff, it doesn’t matter.” he said. “We just get it done.”
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