Well No.1 in the Buena Vista-Bethel Special Utility District distribution system has been shut down because of a lightning strike Wednesday, adding to an earlier shortage created when well No. 2 malfunctioned. 

“The damage to the (No. 1) well is currently unknown at this time,” operations foreman Wayne Pratt said in an interview Thursday. “Repairs are still being made to well No. 2 that we had go down earlier. Watering restrictions are still in place at this time.”

Pratt said the water is safe to drink and there’s no need for it to be boiled prior to use – it’s just in short supply.

“We just can’t produce enough to meet the demand right now,” he said, saying customers need to use water only to meet essential needs.

The shortage affects customers located in the SUD’s entire distribution system, from Interstate 35E to Maypearl to Lone Elm and out to the Forreston area.

Well No. 2, which went down earlier this month, is still being repaired. No. 2 is a submersible well pump that goes down into the ground and pushes the water up into a ground storage tank. From there, the water is treated and sent out to customers for use.

Buena Vista has 1,400 meters in its distribution system and well No. 2 produces about 220,000 gallons per day.

Residents affected by the water shortage are under the following prohibitions until further notice: no outside watering, washing of vehicles, adding of water to fill or refill any outdoor or indoor swimming pools, wading pools or Jacuzzi and no watering of golf courses or recreation ball fields. Fire hydrant use is limited to firefighting use only.

Also prohibited are non-essential water uses including the washing down of sidewalks, walkways, driveway, parking lots or other hard surfaces.

Until the pump is fixed, there is to be no washing of buildings or use of water for dust control. The flushing of gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street is prohibited.

Not following directives during a severe water shortage can result in a fine ranging from $500 to $1,500 and possible termination of water service.

The pump and motor repair may take a few days to do, depending on the availability of parts, Pratt said.

The watering restrictions are in effect until further notice. Any resident affected by the shortage who has questions can contact the district at 972-937-1212.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1458.