Emergency stage 5 water restrictions will be lifted at noon today, Aug. 6, and stage 3 water restriction will remain in effect, according to a City of Graham press release issued at 9 a.m. today.
Emergency restrictions were put into place early Tuesday morning because the primary pump, used to pull raw water from Lake Eddleman for treatment and then distribution to the city, had failed.
At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 5, a fire erupted in the raw water intake structure at the lake, states the release. The fire consumed the electrical system and the starter units at the pump house.
Two pumps are housed in the structure, a 200-horsepower primary pump and a 75-horsepower auxiliary pump. The smaller pump was returned to service by mid-morning Tuesday; however, that pump can supply less then 50 percent of what the city consumes on an average summer weekday. Stage 5 emergency restrictions were enacted “to conserve the water we had available in storage tanks to fight fires and service basic needs,” the release adds.
Both pumps became operational Tuesday evening.
“This was a very serious situation,” Mayor jack Graham said. “The citizen response to our call to conserve was tremendous. I am thankful everyone pulled together in this crisis.”
For an expanded report see the weekend edition of the Graham Leader.