Pump back online, conservation measures eased

Published 12:04 am Friday, June 28, 2013

One of the two broken Covington County Water Authority pumps is back online, meaning the water conservation measures currently in place in Opp will soon be lifted.

The request stemmed from pump failures in Onycha and the Boykin Community. In the emergency, the county system is drawing water from the Opp system, and residents in each supply area are being asked to conserve water.

Deborah Bennett, CCWA manager, said the Onycha pump went online Thursday and that the Boykin pump will be online by the end of the week.

“The Boykin pump is fixed, but we’re waiting on the bacteriological samples to come back,” Bennett said. “As soon as we hear from them, it’ll be back online.”

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.

Stacey Parker, Opp Utilities manager, said city officials will lift the odd/even water schedule at the end of the month.

“Then, it’ll be business as usual,” he said. “Thanks to all the recent rains, we haven’t has as much of a strain on our system because Mother Nature was doing all the watering for us.”

Residents of odd number street addresses in Opp can water today, while those at even number addresses can water Saturday. There is to be no watering on Sunday.