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Howley loses water services again, state of emergency extended to at least Saturday

Howley Fire Chief Derek Murphy (left) and Mayor Wayne Bennett perform a late afternoon check of the pump house equipment.
Howley Fire Chief Derek Murphy (left) and Mayor Wayne Bennett perform a late afternoon check of the pump house equipment Wednesday. - Photo by Roxanne Ryland

The return of running water in Howley was short-lived.

The town managed to partially restore water service to residents Wednesday afternoon, nearly three days after an issue with the distribution system at the pump house Sunday night led to shutting off water.

The town declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon. That was set to expire Thursday morning, but has now been extended to at least Saturday morning after the restored service broke down again Wednesday night.

The town had managed to get one of its two pumps back up and running, but that pump has now malfunctioned.

For the time being, residents will have to resort to bottled drinking water being supplied by the town and avail of deliveries from a water truck for water to flush toilets and do washing.

According to the town’s Facebook page, the section of Main Street from Junior Cumby’s property is closed to traffic again today with only residents accessing their homes will be permitted past Popular Road.

The community centre in Howley has been re-established as a warming centre and residents are asked to ensure the electrical supply to their water tanks has been shut off during the outage.
 

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