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Damascus again without water

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DAMSCUS, GA (WALB) – When Damascus resident Hoyt Patterson awoke Tuesday morning, he knew something wasn't right.

"This morning I turned on the faucet and there was nothing there," he said.

Once again, the city's water system is down and it's becoming a big problem in little Damascus. 

So Patterson, like many others, contacted city hall.

"About 3 or 4 days ago, the pump started making a light noise. This morning the lights went out, and when the lights came back on, the pump went back off." said Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Thompson.

The last time the pumping well malfunctioned was back in December. It left the city without water for 24 hours. This go around, it appears to be a similar problem effecting the city's aging well.

"The electrician came out and he found out it was shaft down under the ground, under the pump was broken off. That could anywhere from 24 to 72 hours before we can have water again in the city of Damascus," said Thompson.

But 72 hours without water could be a bit of a problem. That's why Thompson had water jugs brought in.

"We went out and passed out water to all the residents that was in the city limits so they can get through the night. Then tomorrow, we're going to have to make some other changes because with the heat people are going want to take a shower," he said.

Folks like Hoyt Patterson will get by ok - he has his own irrigation well - but he would like to see the city's well repaired for good.

"It seems to be at a stalemate right now. We're looking forward to getting another well. But I don't know what's going to happen to that," said Patterson.

For now there is at least an oasis of optimism

"If we can get through tomorrow, I believe we'll be in pretty good shape to get back to normal again," said Thompson.

The repairs could cost up to 30-thousand dollars for a town that's barely scraping by lately.

Depending on the cause of the problem, the company that made repairs last time might have to pick up the bill.

The city is trying to get more bottled water.

If you can help call Damascus CIty Hall.

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