Livingston Water Outage

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.

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  • by HeavyD Location: Livingston on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    Looks like the BOE failed you again, huh? They should have canceled school at Central High, just like UWA did. Hate the problem happened, but it is not the cities fault at all. They did their job, worked non-stop on the lines for over 16 hours. Be the answer not the problem ! Quit complaining and pointing the finger at the wrong person. Everybody had no water.
  • by Diana Location: Meridian on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
    Since the water problem was wide-spread throughout Livingston, all schools in the area should have been closed for the day rather than subjecting the children to no access to water all day. That was not reasonable. Just thought you'd like to know that the video of the bearded gentlemen discussing the water problem in Livingston was labeled incorrectly. That man was Tom Tart, the Mayor of Livingston, not Bird Dial. I know both of them personally.
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      by HeavyD on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM in reply to Diana
      BOE failed to do their job in closing the school.
  • by Anonymous Location: York, AL on Mar 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM
    My child has health issues that calls for bathroom use more so than others. Why is it that the students at Sumter Central High School had to endure a day without water and endure unsanitary conditions in the bathrooms? When will someone report on that?
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      by HeavyD on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM in reply to
      Maybe the new school needs to invest in their own water tank just in case this happens again one day. Be prepared ! A backup plan with a reserve water tank ON the campus of SCHS would have helped.
  • by Anonomyous Location: Livingston, Alabama on Mar 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
    Well, it did not matter when the water came back on!! All schools were not out and bathrooms could not be flushed. We are being treated like barbarians in 2011. We had no water to drink at Sumter Central High School today and we were faced with unsanitary conditions ALL DAY LONG. Why are you not interviewing the higher ups in control about this situation since your station did annnounce that THERE WOULD BE NO SCHOOL TODAY!!!!
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