The Union Recorder

January 13, 2014

County water levels almost back to normal

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — All Baldwin County water storage tanks except North Baldwin are back to normal as of lunchtime Monday.

County Manager Ralph McMullen said most of the tanks “are just about to level off.”

“Hopefully, our ground storage tank in North Baldwin will be full if not close to full by [Tuesday],” McMullen said.

By law, the Boil Water Notice remains in effect for county water customers today until samples pass the safe zone.

“We will probably do water samples today, send them to the lab and hopefully lift the boil alert [Tuesday[,” the county manager said.

The City of Milledgeville water customers aren’t under the boil advisory.

Baldwin County officials will meet Tuesday morning for a “debriefing” to gather all information and questions.

“Then, we will meet with the (Sinclair Water) Authority at a future date pretty soon,” McMullen said.

The SWA produces the water for Baldwin and Putnam counties to distribute.

This called meeting will develop a better protocol in case another severe weather punctures a vital resource.

“We want to make sure that there are all kinds of contingency plans and better notifications,” McMullen said. “We’ll have Putnam and Baldwin there at the plant to discuss those types of things.”

During extreme winter weather conditions, excessive usage and water pipe breaks caused water service interruption within several areas of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville.

Cold weather, busted pipes and running faucets essentially emptied multiple county ground storage tanks on the South, West and North sides.

Water and sewer staffs are diligently working to fix the problems.

County water levels sent out a “Boil Water Notice” to their customers Thursday morning because a potential health hazard due to low-pressure areas.

The last posted update Friday warned county customers of air in the lines when faucets are turned on, and the milky water.

All citizens that experienced water outages or low water pressures were advised to “boil” all water for at least one minute prior to use for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food.

Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified otherwise.

Staff urges residents to report pipe breaks and conserve.

Anyone with questions is asked to call Baldwin County Water & Sewer at 478-445-4237 or visit www.baldwincountyga.com for announcements.