A press release issued early Tuesday morning stated that “an electrical issue at the water plant at 3 a.m. caused a loss of water supply to the plant. There are two pumps for raw water. Service to one smaller pump was restored at 6 a.m. The other, larger pump will not be in service until parts damaged in the electrical failure are found and installed. Contractors are trying to locate the needed parts at this time. No time frame for repair is currently available.
The release stated that until the larger pump is operational, raw water supply to the plant will be at 50 percent of recent use levels.
The City of Graham urges residents and customers to turn off all lawn sprinklers, cease outside watering, delay clothes and dish washing and, if possible, use disposable plates and cups.
During this time, the bulk water station on the Loving Highway has been closed, car washes are requested to curtail operations and the splash pad at the city pool is closed.
An update will be provided at 1 p.m. today.
As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, City Manager David Casteel said he anticipates the restrictions to last for several days as the city replenishes its reserves for fire protection.
During this time of the summer, the city normally pulls from a 200 horsepower pump at the raw water intake plant.
“The electrical side of that (pump) burned up, so when that did, it shut off electricity to the whole raw water house,” Casteel said. “We got a hold of Oncor, and they gave us the electricity to our 75 horsepower pump.”
Casteel added that the alternate pump will produce about 2 million gallons a day in water, less than half of what the City of Graham consumes on a typical summer day.
“Contractors are on site and working at this time,” Casteel said. “A timeframe is not yet available for completion of the repairs.”
The city currently has 2.2 million gallons in storage, Casteel said, but right now Graham is pulling more water out of that tank than is being put in it.
“We're hoping for good adherence to stage 5 restrictions today so we can make it through the day OK,” he added.
Look to www.grahamleader.com for the latest updates on the emergency situation.