Upcountry Water Pump Failed Sunday

Upcountry Water Pump Failed Sunday 

A major pump that delivers water from the Mokelumne River to Amador Water Agency’s upcountry water treatment plant failed and was shut down last night.  In a statement released Monday, AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo said the nature of the failure of the Silver Lake Pines pump station is not yet known, nor how long it will take to get the pumps repaired. Currently, only one of the three pumps at the Pump Station is operating and has to run all day and night to meet water demand. A smaller pump which was damaged by the last electrical storm can only run on a manual mode. Agency crews have not been able to repair communication control problems due to last month’s electrical strike andthat is complicating the Agency’s ability to control when and how much water is delivered to the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant.  Mancebo stated that the Agency’s not yet asking upcountry customers to conserve, but he’s concerned that this hot weather may increase water demand.  If anything fails with their one last pump, the Agency won’t be able to get water to the treatment plant, and that would be a real problem. Mancebo added that October is normally when the worst fires occur and they don’t want to be in position of no water.

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