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Central Arkansas utility asks customers to begin conserving water

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 19, 2021 at 12:42 p.m.
Water flows down the street as Little Rock Police and Central Arkansas Water close off the 100 block of W. 4th Street on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, after a water main broke in downtown Little Rock. The water flooded a parking garage and the basements of buildings along Main Street. More photos at www.arkansasonline.com/217snow/ (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)

Central Arkansas Water on Friday morning asked its customers to begin conserving water as pipes begin to thaw.

Though there are no issues with the amount of water available, CAW said in a news release that the utility’s “ability to treat the water to keep up with demand will place a heavy burden on the system.”

CAW’s request follows calls to conserve water by other utilities across the state.

Several main breaks were discovered overnight Thursday, many of which were in unoccupied commercial buildings, the release states. These leaks can lead to “substantial water losses,” CAW said.

Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery reported “extensive damage” and an animal’s death after a pipe broke at its facility Thursday morning.

“Our request for customers to conserve is to ensure the integrity of the system, and to try to eliminate the need for future boil water notices,” CAW said in the release.

The utility said customers may see discolored water, which they said is safe but could stain clothing. The discoloration comes as CAW reverses water flows to maintain pressure.

[EARLIER: Faucet-drip advice raises concerns of state's water systems » arkansasonline.com/219wat/]

Over 140 employees were sent out at daybreak Friday to search for broken water mains across the system. CAW asks that anyone who spots what appears to be a main break call their emergency line: (501) 377-1239.

This story was originally published at 12:42 p.m.

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