County, Opp residents need to conserve water

Published 12:18 am Friday, June 14, 2013

Covington County Water Authority and Opp Utility customers should continue to observe last month’s water conservation requests.

The requests stemmed from two pump failures in the CCWA system, and since the system is drawing water from the City of Opp’s system, residents in each supply area are being asked to conserve water.

Repairs to two County Water Authority pumps should be completed by the end of next week, said Debra Bennett, CCWA manager.

“The Onycha pump is set to be here (Thursday), and it will take a few days to install it,” Bennett said. “Then, we’ll have to take samples, as soon after that as we can, it will be back online.

“As from the Boykin pump, it should be back online sometime next week, and hopefully, we’ll be running at full speed by the end of the week,” she said.

The Boykin pump covers the northern part of the county near Red Level and services customers in the Boykin, Garden, Brooks and South communities. The Onycha pump services customers in that community, Horn Hill, U.S. Hwy. 331 south and down through Red Oak.

Opp’s 4,000-plus customers remain under a house number odd/even watering schedule. The schedule is mandatory but should only last through the month of June or until the area receives substantial rainfall, said Opp Utilities manager Stacey Parker previously.

Odd number addresses are asked to water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; even on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. There is to be no watering on Sunday.

In Andalusia, there currently are no water restrictions.