UPDATE: A notification was sent out just after 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, informing residents that the 10-inch and 12-inch water pipes that had ruptured were fixed. Water was restored to the towers, and to residents, within hours. HOWEVER, Olney remains under a BOIL NOTICE until further notice. That means water used for consumption must be brought to a rolling boil and allowed to boil for a minimum of two minutes prior to use.
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UPDATE: As of 2:30 p.m. - There has been some difficulty getting equipment to the leak due to its location, and efforts are being stalled due to last night's heavy rainfall. At last check one of the city's two water towers contained 4 feet of water and the other stood at 7 feet. This is all the treated city water residents have left to use. Efforts are being made to have water hauled in for residents to pick up and use, as well as finding bottled water should those actions become necessary. At a meeting today, the Young County Commissioners Court approved sending tankers of water to Olney, according to Pct. 3 Commissioner Stacey Rogers.
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UPDATE: As of 11 a.m., the major leak between Lake Cooper and the city of Olney has been found. Crews are working to stop the leaks, which involve at least one 10 inch pipe, and residents are STILL asked to conserve as much water as possible.
Right now the city is limited to ONLY the water that is currently in the towers, so conservation is key!
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8 a.m. Thursday: There is a major water leak between Lake Cooper and the city of Olney. Crews are working to find and fix the leak; however, the line had to be shut off in order to keep the water towers full. Residents are asked to please conserve as much water as possible.