Boiling Mad About Boiled Water
Construction noise filled the air near the corner of East Depot and Main Street, when passerby saw bubbles and called the Public Works Department. A repair crew then discovered the problem.
"It's a 90-degree-angle turn, and it blew out on one side and they made that repair," said Robin Overstreet, city administrator, "and when they did, and they put the pressure back on the line, this side here blew out."
So, crews cut off water to most of Fayette, with the rest having to boil their water.
At first, a local beauty shop owner didn't worry about the boil advisory.
"When we got here this morning to work, we thought, 'Okay, for us it wasn't going to be a problem,'" said Mickey Foland. "We could run the water and everything. But then, we didn't have any water at all, and they said that would be for most of the day. And, actually, we got water back on about noon."
But, by then, Foland already had cancelled most of her appointments.
"It affected business a lot today, you know, this morning," she explained. "Nothing, I mean, we have been basically sitting here, because we can't wash anybody's hair. You know, we can't do any chemical processing or anything like that."
The fire department came to the rescue with bottled water on Thursday, but most businesses closed for the day. Overstreet hopes Fayette will be able to end the boil water advisory by next Monday at the latest.