Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 29, 2012

Broken water pump leads to boil water advisory for Northfork through July 4th

NORTHFORK — Officials in Northfork are working to make repairs to the community’s water system and the area has been placed under a boil water advisory due to a broken water pump.

Northfork Mayor Bernie Shupe said one of two water pumps in the area went out earlier in the week at the town’s water plant and water service may not be restored until after the Fourth of July holiday. Shupe said he has been in contact with county officials and the McDowell County Public Service District to remedy the problem.

“We had a water distribution pump go out this week in our water plant,” Shupe said. “We are checking into a tanker trunk to provide water to residences in the higher elevations. Most people in the lower elevations have water, but it takes two pumps to take water up to the people way up on the hill. I talked with customers in the higher elevations and many of them are getting water at night when usage is down.”

Shupe said residents in the Northfork area are advised to conserve as much water as possible and that the area is under a boil water advisory through the Fourth of July holiday.

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