MEIGS COUNTY — While lack of electricity remains a major concern throughout the area, lack of water is also a problem.
A statement released on Monday by the Tupper Plains-Chester Water District dispelled rumors of potential problems with water services.
The statement read, “the Tuppers Plains Chester Water District has ‘fixed in place’ back-up power at our Water Treatment Plant and at all remote pump stations throughout our water distribution system. The District has 20 backup generators, and they are all running and have been since the storm. At many of our tank sites we use solar power, and at one tank site we use a wind turbine and solar.”
“They are all automated and started directly after power was lost. Fuel can last many days, and we have already arranged and received fuel at the locations that needed the fuel. It is anticipated that no customers will lose service throughout this emergency.”
“The many calls to the office are concerning rumors that we are going to stop pumping — these are false.”
Leading Creek Conservancy District, which supplies a portion of Meigs and Vinton counties, is also running on generators at the present time with no problems as of Monday afternoon.
Despite rumors, Rutland village will not be shutting off water to customers as long as the Leading Creek Conservancy District remains up and running.
Middleport Mayor Michael Gerlach said the village experienced no problems with the water system pumping stations which are connected to generators for use in emergencies. He stressed that while some communities are experiencing water problems, Middleport’s system is just fine.
Syracuse Mayor Eric Cunningham echoed the same statement, saying that a backup was put in place following the ice storm a few years ago.
The village of Pomeroy is experiencing water problems in some areas, with lack of power to some pump stations. Stations effected early Monday were in the areas of Lincoln Hill, Ann Street and Mulberry Heights, according to the water office.