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Crisp County water issue blamed on private contractor

Workers fix water main near high school (Source: WALB) Workers fix water main near high school (Source: WALB)
Superintendent David Mims (Source: WALB) Superintendent David Mims (Source: WALB)
Workers fix water main (Source: WALB) Workers fix water main (Source: WALB)
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Public Works director Steve Fulford said a private contractor working at a business shut off a main valve to the city water supply, causing the water problem that shut down Crisp County High School this week.

When backup wells kicked in, the increased pressure caused three mains to break. 

The high school was closed Tuesday.

The superintendent said their contingency plan worked out smoothly. 

Once the water was restored to the restrooms, we used bottle water and boiling in the kitchen and had bottle water and juices for the students all day was delivered whenever they needed it," said David Mims.

It's unclear who will pay for the damage and how much it will cost. 

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