CORNING, Ark. (KAIT) - A nearly two-week-long boil order for the city of Corning due to winter weather has been lifted, officials said Saturday.
According to a post on Mayor Greg Ahrent’s Facebook page, the boil order was lifted at 11 a.m. Saturday.
At the time of the order, utility workers in Corning repaired two burst water lines, but city and county leaders asked residents to conserve water.
Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller told Region 8 News Feb. 19 that all of the leaks from the burst water mains had been fixed.
Officials had to wait for the water to build back up in the lines.
Mayor Greg Ahrent said on Facebook Feb. 19 that the water lines and tanks are filling, while pressure is building in the system. He said people should continue conserving water use to “help it build quicker.”
On Feb. 16, the city issued a state of emergency after the first water main burst. Within a matter of a few hours of repairing that break, another leak sprang.
The new break occurred on Cherry Street after the break was on Stephen Lane was fixed Feb. 17. The Stephen Lane break occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
To help residents while the water was off, the Arkansas National Guard arrived with a tank of water and a water-filling station was open at Red Taylor Ford. Bottles of water were also available at City Hall.
“It’s been a struggle to get everything fixed,” Mayor Ahrent said. “Hopefully, as we continue to fill the towers, the pressure will continue to rise and that’s all we can hope for”
In the meantime, the city is still under a boil order with the goal of conserving water supply.
“The experts are telling us it will take 400,000 gallons to fill the lines and we are at around 300,000 this morning,” the City of Corning stated on Facebook. “Understandably, any pulled from that slows the process.”
“Water is a sparse little commodity right now in the community,” Miller said on Wednesday. “We’re trying to get some shipped in here as quick as we can, help take care of people.”
He also urged residents to use melted snow to flush toilets to reduce the strain on the struggling water supply.
“Please, bear with us and, hopefully, in 24 hours we will all be able to smile a little easier,” Miller said.
Because of the city’s continuing water woes, the sheriff said the Clay County Courthouse in Corning would be closed Friday but the Piggott courthouse would open at 10 a.m.