Drop in water pressure cost

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Updated: 7/24/2012 12:02 am

It's a new week, the water is safe to drink and the city's power grid works most of the time.  A mid-afternoon power outage physically similar to the weekend's overnight blackout, but for the tens of thousands of cars on the streets. Now comes the post-mortem on correcting that Saturday morning absence of power.

The power failure affected very few, only the night owls knew the electricity went out. The loss of water pressure, below 20 psi was a choker for all concerned.  A lot of revenue was lost due to the precautionary boil water notice.

Water Treatment Superintendent Bruce Blalack said the backup system did not click in.

"Our emergency generators that we have at some of our post stations didn't work automatically like they are intended to do,” Blalack said. “We had to go out there and manually start them and put them online. That took longer than it would have normally. That gave enough time to lose the pressure we had in the system."

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