The city of Hinesville issued a temporary limit on water usage at 10 a.m. Thursday, due to an “unknown breakage” in the city’s sewage system. The break was not affecting Fort Stewart.
“We are asking city of Hinesville water customers to stop all non-essential indoor water usage and temporarily limit water use by whatever means possible,” said Hinesville public relations manager Krystal Britton.
The city was asking residents to curtail water use by avoiding flushing toilets, pouring liquids down drains, running dishwashers and washing machines and taking showers or baths, Britton said.
Residents are also asked to turn off automatic watering systems, she added.
Gerald Boyze, the city’s waste water treatment plant project manager, said Thursday afternoon he and his crew were trying to repair the break quickly. “I’m working very, very hard to wrap it up today, but to be conservative, it could run into tomorrow (Friday), Boyze said. “We hope to minimize the extent of this inconvenience.” He suggested city water customers continue to use discretion in their water usage through Friday morning.
"...Hinesville is still asking Hinesville water customers to continue minimizing indoor water use," spokeswoman Krystal Britton said Friday morning. "This is a result of pump damage at the main pump station that pumps sewage to the Hinesville-Fort Stewart wastewater treatment facility."
She emphasized water coming out of taps is safe.
"City of Hinesville water is safe for consumption; there is no water contamination," she said.
However, the problem in the sewage system that cropped up Thursday had still not been corrected. The main pump station is still not operational.
"Currently, we are using a bypass system while repairs are being made," Britton said. "However, this system cannot support the normal flow of sewerage."
Residents are asked to reduce water flowing into the system by:
• Minimizing toilet flushing
• Not pouring liquids down the drain
• Postponing or limiting dishwashing and laundry
• Postponing or limiting showers and baths
Britton said she would issue another update by mid-afternoon, if the problem is not fixed earlier.
For more information, call her at 271-6421 or e-mail email@example.com.