Water service was off in Livingston, Ala., much of Sunday and Monday morning. The cause was a break in a main water line.
The problem started around noon Sunday. Initially, city officials thought a power outage that had occurred earlier caused it.
"We don't know whether the line already had a problem or when the power came back on it caused a surge on the line and that actually blew it out," said Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt.
Almost 17 hours after thoroughly searching pipes, the leak was found. It was in a pipe resting in a drainage ditch in front of the city's North Industrial Park.
"It's a drainage ditch, probably three feet of water in it," said Bird Dial, superintendent of utilities. "What we're thinking is that the rain we've had lately undermined this pipe and washed out from under it. When it did this, the pipe severed and that's what caused the break."
Because city officials don't keep 10" to 12" pipe on hand, they had to make the purchase elsewhere and bring it back.
Although water service was restored for many by mid-morning, for some the pressure was still relatively low.
Residents were not the only ones affected by this water outage; businesses were also. In fact, Prystup Packaging in Livingston, where the boxes for many products people buy are manufactured, had production slowed because of it.
City officials project that water service will restored to all within Livingston by Tuesday.
"There may be a little bit of milkiness or discoloration from when the water's been turned off. That's just like any time the water has been turned off and it comes back on," said Tartt. "There may be some discoloration will come in off the pipes, but no danger's in the water whatsoever."
City officials say residents do not have to boil their water; no health hazards have been detected. Meanwhile, all schools in Sumter County are expected to resume classes Tuesday. This includes the University of West Alabama.