CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Water issues have led to school closings in Clay County and long work hours for operators at Clay Municipal Water Works.
However, things are expected to return to normal by Wednesday.
A seal on a pump busted on March 5 when the pump was sent out for repair, said Drema Thomas, chief operator for Clay Municipal Water Works. Since that time, an older pump has been used to do the work, she said. While the older pump is not as fast, it became even slower by Friday.
"The older one doesn't pump as quick as it should," Thomas said. "We had no problem until Friday. It is pumping slower than normal. We serve the town of Clay, Two Run and Maysel. Clay PSD purchases water from us beyond that point and sends to Bent Tree in one direction and Ivydale in the other. No problems have been reported from purchasers."
Clay Municipal Water Works sells water to Clay Public Service District and Clay Roane Public Service District. Both have booster stations that send water on to consumers.
About 620 customers who have been affected by the water problem are asked to be conservative, she said.
While customer may use water as needed for taking showers and flushing toilets, they have been asked not to use any extra water for things like washing cars or watering outdoors.
Meanwhile, school was canceled for Monday and Tuesday at Clay Middle School and Clay High School as well as the elementary schools of Lizemore, Clay, Big Otter, and H.E. White.
Thomas is one of two operators at Clay Municipal Water Works. They have been alternating 12-hour shifts to keep an eye on things.
"We run the plant, put chemicals in the water, and run testing," Thomas said. "We have been working 24/7."
Generally, it takes several weeks to repair a pump but Cross Pump in Belle has put a rush on the job, she said.
The pump is to be repaired and returned by Tuesday.
If all goes according to schedule, things should be back to normal right away with schools open on Wednesday, she said.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.