Pumps Blamed For Shutdown

Pine water district has not revealed cause of booster pump failure

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The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District is conducting an intensive investigation into what caused water outages to more than 1,000 customers from June 19 until June 23.

Officials confirm the investigation is focusing on what caused two booster stations to malfunction, which they have identified as one of the main causes of the outage.

During the outages, the rumor mill in Pine focused on the impact of the firing and resignation of three employees shortly before the problems developed.

Many people have speculated that someone might have tampered with the pumps. If that proves true, CH2MHill Regional Vice President Robert Kuta said he would report it to the Department of Homeland Security as an act of terrorism.

CH2MHill is an international engineering, construction and operations firm hired in October of 2010 to run the two water companies.

Board President Gary Lovetro stresses that the water system problems didn’t arise from a lack of water but from the breakdown in the delivery system.

Even though the district has restored full water service, the district is asking customers to continue to conserve water due to current drought conditions.

The PSWID board will present the findings of its investigation to the public at its 10 a.m., July 28 meeting at the Pine Cultural Center.

Lovetro said the district scheduled the meeting for a Saturday so those who have second homes can attend.

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