The burnt out inside of the motor’s electrical box that malfunctioned.
The burnt out inside of the motor's electrical box that malfunctioned. (Casey Holder)
An early morning fire led to a water crisis Tuesday, as city officials scrambled to return an aging pump, used to supply Graham with water, back into service.

“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.”

Emergency stage 5 water restrictions were lifted by noon Wednesday, Aug. 6, and stage 3 water restriction went back into effect, according to a City of Graham press release issued at 9 a.m. Thursday. 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 distribute it to the city, had failed.
Mayor Jack Graham was on site, at the raw water pump house near Lake Eddleman. Graham stand over one of the malfunctioning parts.
Mayor Jack Graham was on site, at the raw water pump house near Lake Eddleman. Graham stand over one of the malfunctioning parts. (Casey Holder)


At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 5, a fire erupted in the raw water intake structure at the lake, the release stated. 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 than 50 percent of what Graham 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 stated.

Read the entire story in this weekend's Graham Leader.

The orange motor and pump that serve as the main way of supplying water to Graham is currently down due to a failure of the electrical component that
The orange motor and pump that serve as the main way of supplying water to Graham is currently down due to a failure of the electrical component that controls it. (Casey Holder)