VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The whole city of Valdosta was out of water this morning after power failed at the Valdosta Water Treatment Plant.
A university spokesperson says the city restored the water Saturday afternoon, people in the community were stocking up on water all around town. They didn't know when the water will be safe to drink again.
The checkout line at the grocery store was packed with people buying gallons of water. Winn Dixie Customer Debbie Everson loaded up her cart after the city notified her with an early morning call that she may not have fresh water for a couple of days.
"I was surprised but thankful they informed me what had happened," said Everson.
Earlier Saturday morning, water packed the shelves. Now only gallons and flavored water are left. More shipments were expect to come in later in the evening.
The store sold more than 2,200 cases. That's nearly 54,000 water bottles just since Early Saturday morning.
Valdosta State University officials had 11,000 bottles of water for students in each dorm. Freshman, Sally Smith had to use nearly a dozen bottles of water to wash her hair after waking up to a dry faucet.
"It's frustrating not being able to take and shower and the toilets don't flush but it's very frustrating," Smith.
Twitter and facebook were slammed with comments from frustrated students like Jabree Mason.
"Completely out of water? said Mason. The whole city? I've never heard of anything like that. I'm mad that's how I feel. I tried to brush my teeth and the water was trickling. I checked my twitter and everyone was upset."
City and University officials say the water is back on but they still advise people to boil it on the stove or in the microwave until chlorine levels are back to normal. It's safe to bathe in the water.
The city believes a switch gear in the plant may have malfunctioned. Right now it's working with Georgia Power and local contractors to fix the problem.The city expects to maintain the water advisory for the next few days. Restaurants can stay open as long as they can boil water and serve bottled or canned drinks.
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