THAYER -- Thayer residents will need to conserve water for a week or possibly longer, said Thayer Utilities Superintendent Gary Barton. This is due to the main city well pump being out of order.
In a special called meeting June 27, the Thayer City Council voted unanimously to approve the costs for pulling city well No. 5 and getting it fixed. The well broke down June 24.
"I thought I had the problem fixed and then the next day the pump quit pumping again," Barton said.
The city has three wells. The well that is causing problems is located in the Barton Hill area of the city. It pumps 250,000 gallons of water a day. The two other wells, located on Ninth Street and Tenth Street, combined, pump 250,000 gallons a day. Barton said this is the newest pump in the city and has been in operation approximately 10 years.
City officials are asking the 1,100 water customers in the city to refrain from watering their lawns and gardens until the pump can be fixed.
"If water customers will conserve water while we are trying to fix this problem, no one in the city should be out of water," Barton said. He added that because of the down pump, some customers may experience low water pressure and may also have some of their water run cloudy. He said if the water for a few minutes it will clear up.
Barton said Flynn Drilling from Rolla should be in Thayer some time this week to pull the pump from the well and start repair procedures.