For the second time in less than a week, people in Robertson County are worried about their water. City officials on Thursday urged people in Springfield and Greenbrier to conserve because the treatment plant had problems cleaning the drinking water.
Officials want to stress that the tap water residents have now is not dangerous, and the water is not contaminated. No dirty water ever left the city's treatment plant, but supplies got low, and the city is now asking its customers to cut back on usage at least until Friday.
They said something got into the water coming from the Red River and they've had a hard time getting it out.
"And so we made a decision - instead of sending water into town we weren't happy with, shut the plant down and find a solution and fix the problem," said chief water plant supervisor Trent Morris.
No dirty water ever left the treatment plant. It just took them a while to find the right chemical to get the solids to settle out.
That created a temporary water shortage. Instead of having 7 or 8 million gallons of water on hand, they only had 5 million - about a 24 hour supply.
"What we would really like them to do is voluntarily conserve," said City Manager Paul Nutty.
Nutty is asking people there to skip doing laundry and washing the dishes, to not the flush their toilets any more than they had to and avoid taking showers or baths until sometime Friday to let the reserves build back up.
"And so I think that by early evening, we should be sending water back into the system," Nutty said.
This issue is not related to a water problem earlier in the week elsewhere in Robertson County. In that case, wastewater from a storage lagoon seeped into Millers Creek. That problem was 28 miles away, and the two incidents are not related.
No one's quite sure what caused the problem for Springfield's water supply. Heavy rains could have caused extra runoff.
They're not sure if it's agricultural or industrial, but officials say the problem is being solved, and no water has been sent to homes that isn't 100-percent safe to drink.
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