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Water pressure closes school

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

School was out for Viola because of a lack of water pressure Sept. 12. Water pressure was low for the entire city according to Viola Mayor Jackie Estes. A new pump motor was installed at 1 p.m. that same day. Photo by Emily McIntosh
The night of Sept. 11 was an interesting night for authorities in the town of Viola.

According to Mayor Jackie Estes, the town had some trouble with its water supply. "The motor on the pump of the tower that supplies the town's water supply burned up or locked up," Estes said. The motor failed probably due to a short power outage he said.

Estes said employees of Washington Pump Service from Brockwell went out to the city's water tower to assess the situation at 10:30 p.m. Workers determined that a new pump motor was needed and couldn't be installed until the following day because they had to get a new one from Springfield, Mo.

At 11:30 a.m., Sept. 12, the crew started working on installing the new pump motor. By 1 p.m., everything was up and running smoothly again, according to Estes.

Though many residents experienced a drop in water pressure, they were never completely without water. According to Estes, the town was never without water as many TV and radio stations reported. "I asked (residents) to conserve," Estes said.

Classes on Friday at Viola School had to be cancelled, though, because of a substantial drop in water pressure. "The water pressure had dropped to a quarter tank of water," Estes said. "If the pressure dropped much more, then water would have run continuously in the toilets at the school. So, the school closing was due to a lack of water pressure."

According to Estes, the school is the largest water user in the town. "I thank the school for making the decision not to have classes," Estes said.

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