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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Water woes continue

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  • The effects of this week's hard freeze are still being felt by Beekman residents.
    The locals who are provided water by the Beekman Water Service have had spotty service since Wednesday, when the control switch at the wells went out.
    According to Mike McGuffee with JTP Management, when the switch malfunctioned and it warmed up enough for water to thaw, major leaks were discovered around the area, which in turn drained the big tank of it's water.
    "There is only one well in operation and due to the big tank being drained, we were unable to keep up with the demand for water across the community," McGuffee said. "We were able to give residents some time Thursday evening and Friday morning where the water was turned back on and we hope to have the tank full by dinner tonight [Friday night]."
    Students at Beekman Charter School still have water but have been provided bottled water to drink until the problem is cleared up.
    McGuffee said there will be a boil advisory until the system is stabilized.
    "We hope to be able to pull samples Monday, have them at the lab Tuesday and come off the advisory by Wednesday," McGuffee said.
    A boil-water advisory or boil-water order is a public health advisory given when a community's drinking water is, or could be, contaminated by pathogens.
    Under a boil-water advisory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that water be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it is consumed in order to kill protozoa, bacteria and viruses.
    BWAs are typically issued when monitoring of water being served to consumers detects E. coli or other microbiological indicators of sewage contamination. Another reason for a BWA is a failure of distribution system integrity evidenced by a loss of system pressure. While loss of pressure does not necessarily mean the water has been contaminated, it does mean that pathogens may be able to enter the piped-water system and thus be carried to consumers.
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