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Dour news for Norman Waterworks users

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY / dewayne@mcnews.online

Ice puddles such as this one in Caddo Gap make it hard to locate leaks. Usually a leak is located by looking for water settled on top of the ground. Melting snow makes it hard to locate water leaks this way. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

NORMAN, AR – Dour news for Norman Waterworks customers as a report posted this morning on Facebook states that it could be days before water is restored to the area.

In the post Mayor Tammy Whisenhunt shares that Glenwood Mayor BT Smith reported to her that it could be days before they are able to get water to Norman due to the number of leaks in their own water system.

Norman Waterworks is 100 percent dependent on Glenwood for water. Simply put, Norman will not get water until Glenwood has enough leaks fixed that will allow them to build a surplus to sell to Norman. Mayor Whisenhunt shared in an earlier post that she was told Glenwood will not be able to send water to anyone until they have filled the Burnham Tank at John Benjamin.

Glenwood stated that they are making water as fast as they can, but they are also losing water at a rapid pace. City employees are working around the clock, but there is no way to know when water will be restored to Norman.

The city has talked to Montgomery County officials and other municipalities about filling a tank with water to provide a source of water for Norman Waterworks users. The city also plans to pass out bottled water at the Norman Fire Department today, Saturday, February 20, until supplies run out.

“There will be no running water in the city for possible days. Hopefully the leaks they fixed today will help them build their supply back to be able to send some this way.” Mayor Whisenhunt stated in the post.

For up to date information regarding the water situation visit the city of Norman’s Facebook page. City of Norman Arkansas | Facebook

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