In Jan. 24 IssueBy Derek AaronRussell County News Editor
Three serious water line breaks last weekend in Jamestown resulted in a countywide boil water advisory and were attributed to the seasonally frigid temperatures, according to Jamestown Public Works Director Ottis Skaggs.
"Any time you get around zero degrees and the temperature starts to go back up you have the chance of (line) breaks," he said.
One of the breaks, an eight inch line, broke at the Jamestown Water plant itself, while a six inch pipe broke in front of the Russell County Courthouse. Skaggs said those two breaks were the most severe while another inch and a half line also failed late Saturday.
Skaggs said some Jamestown water customers were without water for four to five hours late Saturday evening. He said the plant serves about 10,000 county customers and the breaks affected around 7,000 of those this past weekend.
Jamestown Water Department employees worked around the clock last Saturday night until service was restored early Sunday morning.
Skaggs said having the new water plant facility helped them in aiding the situation. The expanded plant began treating and producing water on Jan. 12.
"Russell Springs was under the boil water advisory although they never ran out of water," he said.
Because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Skaggs was unable to send water samples to Frankfort on Monday so state officials could lift the countywide boil water advisory.
He said he he had to wait until water samples from the plant passed state requirements in Frankfort before the advisory was lifted on Wednesday.
Also, on Thursday, a 4 inch cast iron water line in Russell Springs broke on Wilson St. behind the Star Theater, prompting city public works department officials to take action on correcting the break after water rushed from the broken pipe for hours, saturating the ground.
However, officials said they cut off the water to the pipe and no one lost service in Russell Springs. Therefore, a boil water advisory was not necessary.
City workers Richard Roy, Mike Popplewell, Mark Barnett and Ronnie Jackson worked on the break, one which Barnett said could have been a lot worse.
“We were able to put a band around it,” Barnett said.