Water Emergency Declared in Phillipsburg
KGVO News spoke to Phillipsburg, Montana mayor Daniel Reddish early Monday morning after receiving an automated alert that broke in on the KGVO radio signal just after 6:00 a.m.
“We have limited knowledge at this time, but our computer system that monitors flows and so forth indicated that there was a decreased huge amount of decreased flow at approximately 1:00 a.m.” “My public works department has been on it, and our operations department has been mustered to try to figure out exactly what's going on.”
Reddish said the entire community has been notified about the lack of water pressure from their pipeline.
“We don't have a lot of information at this time, but as I said, we're prepping for some water conservation efforts and to get out public notices,” he said. “I'm referring to our situation. I don't know a whole lot beyond that other than to suggest that the majority of the town's municipal water is fed along a seven mile pipeline from a high mountain lake and so we're going to get on it and get the situation under control ASAP.”
Reddish said the pipeline has been in existence for many years but has been updated over the years.
“Oh, it's probably going to go back to the 1930’s, but not the entire pipeline,” he said. “There have been various stages of improvements on the line over the last 60 or 70 years, but it's still about 70 percent of the water that comes into town.”
Mayor Reddish has promised to keep KGVO news apprised of the investigation into why the small town of Phillipsburg is experiencing a water emergency.
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