Walker residents making due with water conservation
WALKER - People in the City of Walker are making do with conserving water until at least Saturday after a water pump failed Thursday evening.
The city urged all of its customers to limit water usage to only essential tasks after crews discovered the pumping system functioning at limited capacity.
Shannon Mallet and her father have been running Sid's Seafood in Walker for the last 30 years. They said water is essential to their seafood business.
"This type of business you have water you use all day long for several purposes but for the most part we keep it minimal as we can," said Shannon Mallet, business owner in the water-restricted city.
Crews worked throughout the night and around the clock on Friday. They put in a temporary water pump in place until the city can purchase and install a new one.
"This pump has been in that well since 2001. You know nothing lasts forever and so certainly we have pumps that are not the size of what is needed for this well," said Fred Raiford, Walker Chief of Operations.
City officials said with more than 4,000 customers in Walker, they wanted to take extra precaution before things got worse.
"Certainly, it could have been a lot worse and potentially, even if the pressure would have gotten low, we may have even had to have a boil advisory, and people do not like boil advisories," said Raiford.
Walker is waiting on a sample of the water from the Department of Health and Hospitals to make sure the work can proceed.