The Macon Water Authority Amerson Water Treatment Plant had temporary equipment failure Tuesday, causing some customers to go without water for about an hour. Tonight, the Authority is asking customers to refrain from using water outside until the system is completely fixed.
Just before 5pm Tuesday, the MWA Treatment Plant lost control of its computer system, which operates the finished water pumps that supply the Authority's water distribution system. The Plant is now back online, but it may take hours for water pressure to return to normal. The Assistant Executive Director with MWA, Ray Shell, says workers are trying to restore the pumps manually, two have already been restored.
Officials says MWA drinking water is safe for consumption and use, and there are no public health risks as a result of this temporary water outage. However, they're asking the public to hault outdoor watering for the remainder of the day. Also, if you are experiencing light water pressure, Shell advises customers to leave your faucets open to help clear the way for water.