Originally Published: June 29, 2007 9:35 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Because of a mechanical malfunction of the pump on the City of Prescott's Well No. 4 in Chino Valley, Prescott City Manager Steve Norwood has declared a water emergency, effective immediately.
According to a city press release, the pump appears to require replacement - work that should begin tonight. Crews will work through the night to re-assemble the well.
"The anticipated timeframe for making the repairs, bringing Well No. 4 on line, and refilling storage tanks and reservoirs throughout the city's water system will extend through noon Monday," stated the city press release.
The city is imposing a number of restrictions until further notice, including:
No outside irrigation (spray or drip) or other outside water use unless specifically exempt.
Also prohibited: hosing off sidewalks and driveways, filling of pools, use of water from all fire hydrants unless required for a fire emergency.
No car washing, including fundraising carwash events. The prohibition does not include commercial car washes, because the city already requires them to recycle water used in their businesses.
The press release added that the "minor water usage associated with most city-sponsored July 4 and Frontier Days Rodeo activities will remain unaffected."
The city will have office and field personnel working throughout the weekend to assist customers and enforce the water use restrictions. They will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 777-1118. In the event of emergencies only, such as main breaks or service interruptions, call 777-1118 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 443-3596 after those hours.
The city will not know the exact cause of the malfunction until after it dismantles and inspects the pump, according to the press release.
While the city has classified the emergency a "water conservation level 3," Norwood stressed, "With the cooperation of city water customers, we will successfully weather this emergency without interrupting essential uses."