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TCNS staff

GROVETON — The city of Groveton remains under a Stage 4 water conservation measure, although work on repairing the city water supply has progressed.

Mayor Ralph Bennett said Monday that Weisinger Well Co. has cleaned the well pipe down to 266 feet, where a hole in well pipe is located. Next, they will remove the sand out of the well pipe to the bottom of the well with air; the depth of the well is 497 feet.

By replacing the well pump and cleaning the well pipe, it will increase the gallons pumped per minute from our well, he said.

Bennett said he is in communication with the city’s engineer and Texas Water Development Board to begin drilling a new well by October.

The implementation became effective Sept. 8 following the failure of city’s water well pump.

The city does have a water supply through the Pennington Water system; however, residents must conserve water as much as possible during the emergency shortage.

Stage 4 restrictions include:

•no irrigation of landscaped areas.

•no use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, or other vehicle.

•no use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or jacuzzi-type pools

•no operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes except where necessary to support aquatic life.

•use of water from hydrants shall be limited to firefighting related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety and welfare.

Water use defined as non-essential or prohibited include:

•Washdown of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, or other hard surfaced areas.

•Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection.

•Use of water for dust control.

•Flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street.

•Failure to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leaks.

For more information, contact City Hall at (936) 642-1122 with any questions or concerns.

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