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A Pipe Break Causes Altus to Call A Mandatory Water Conservation

Altus calls a mandatory water conservation because of a break in the water supply line from Tom Steed Reservoir.

A mandatory water conservation is called in Altus today because of a water break in the pipeline from the Tom Steed Reservoir.

Crews were able to have the problem solved by twelve thirty this afternoon.

But that's only because they had any early wake up call.

"Right here in this grass is where we spotted the leak at."

A leak that created a 7 foot geyser.

It was 4 this morning when crews got the call.

They were notified of a problem in the water tank levels which meant Altus would be very low on water.

That's because the pipe line provides Altus with all of its water from the Tom Steed Reservoir.

The break in the line caused Altus' Emergency Management to send out this message .

"For citizens to conserve water. Please conserve water. Don't water your lawn, don't wash your car during the day time, don't fill your pool, please conserve the water we have right now because right now it's limited today," said Lloyd Colston, Altus Emergency Management Director.

But by 12:30 p.m. the problem was solved.

And it was all because of this rusted water valve.

It burst inside one of the pipe capsules.

Water district officials say the pipeline breaks like this one aren't uncommon.

"In the summer we have leaks this it will be the second one we have had like this this year," said Will Archer, Moutain Park Conservation District Manager.

Crews say though the problem is fixed, water gone is a major loss.

And Altus officials are still asking residents to conserve water.

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