Twiggs County water leak closes schools

lfabian@macon.comApril 26, 2013 

A leak in the Twiggs County water system gave school students a surprise three-day weekend.

All public schools closed at noon Thursday and remained closed Friday due to a lack of water pressure.

The water consultant for the county, Gary Garretson of Elmo Richardson Jr. P.E., said the problems began Wednesday night when the level dropped significantly in the elevated water tank.

Crews did not find any problem with the wells or the pumps and still could not refill the tank, which means water must be leaking somewhere else, he said.

“They’re doing all they can to find the leak, but it’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” Garretson said. “The sheriff has requested a helicopter to help look for the leak.”

A leak detection crew from the Macon Water Authority also was helping.

The school system ordered the closure as a precaution because pressure problems could affect the schools’ ability to flush toilets and prepare meals for the students.

Garretson said they are able to keep some pressure in the system, so residents are not totally without water.

“We don’t have a dangerous situation now, but we have to find that leak,” he said.

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