Springfield Concerned about Water Supply

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Thursday, April 06 2006 Apr 6, 2006 Thursday, April 06, 2006 8:26:34 PM CDT April 06, 2006 in News
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SPRINGFIELD - Missouri's third-largest city may have to begin conserving water. City Utilities officials say the last of three pumps that supply Springfield's main water source failed last week while the other two are being repaired. The city is urging customers to save water voluntarily. Officials may have to implement an emergency water conservation plan if two lakes north of town drop too much now that they are not being fed by pumps from larger Stockton Lake. Each of the pumps is powered by 12-hundred-horsepower electric motors that can deliver 15 million gallons of water a day to Fellows and McDaniel lakes. Those lakes are the primary sources of the city's drinking water. Two of the submersible pumps failed in the fall and are now being fixed out of state. The third pumped failed last Friday, possibly after being hit by lightning.

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