ALVARADO — At least 800,000 gallons of water were lost when a string of breaks and leaks drained the water system in Alvarado on Tuesday.
Resident Tammy Luttrell had no water at all. "I hope it's on when I wake up in the morning so I can take a shower," she said.
It was a hope shared by about 1,300 residents across the city.
On Monday afternoon, a 12-inch water line broke; it was followed by three other leaks.
For the second day, the owner at an Alvarado laundromat had to turn away customers.
School on Wednesday will start two hours late because of the break. But the inconvenience is nothing new for Alvarado residents; this was the third major disruption this year.
Officials say it’s the result of a harsh drought and aging water lines. The city has obtained $4.8 million in financing to update the water system.
On Tuesday, city workers distributed bottled water to residents. They hope to have the system restored by Wednesday afternoon.