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Water is back on in Howley, but state of emergency still in effect

George Stone, an on-call maintenance worker for the Town of Howley, works on the town’s water distribution system Monday morning
George Stone, an on-call maintenance worker for the Town of Howley, works on the town’s water distribution system Monday morning - Submitted

Water is flowing again in Howley, but the town says it’s not quite out of the woods yet.

The state of emergency called Monday afternoon in light of the town’s water supply system malfunctioning will remain in effect until its original expiry date at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Mayor Wayne Bennett.

Water was partially restored Wednesday afternoon after more than two days of effort trying to identify and rectify the problem. Bennett said one of the water supply’s two pumps is working again, while the other will need parts replaced before it can be put back into service.

The issue, said Bennett, was with a check valve on the intake component of the water supply.

Residents have been advised that things are still not back to normal. Hot water tanks can be turned on and toilets may be flushed, but residents are being urged to use water sparingly.

People can use showers but are being asked to keep showering to a minimum.

The town is asking residents to refrain from doing laundry or using dishwashers for a few more days until it can be determined how well things are going with the system.
 

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