What a relief for Snyder residents. Thursday, their water was restored, but they are asked to boil it until further notice.
Snyder City Manager Merle Taylor says a water main broke Wednesday around 8:30 a.m. This shut off all water to the town, creating an untimely holiday hassle.
City crews have been working around the clock to fix the break, not once but twice. They estimate the cost at close to $10,000.
"I've been coaching for 21 years and I've never seen anything like this. It's a challenge for me," Snyder High School Coordinator Harold Davis said.
People living in Snyder are realizing how important this basic human necessity really is. It means no showers, no washing clothes, no brushing your teeth and no working restrooms. This is more than an inconvenience; it's become a health issue.
"I haven't been able to clean up my kitchen. If I would have been wiser I would have gone out to eat," Pat Baker said.
This has greatly increased the demand for bottled water. United Supermarkets ordered a shipment Wednesday to keep up.
"Everyone is buying six to eight to 20 gallons of water at a time. They need it to drink and cook with," United Supermarkets General Manager Tim McCullar said.
The crisis prompted Snyder ISD to cancel classes. Teachers say the students were a little worried.
"Students were calling and texting saying everyone will be stinking and where are we going to use the restroom? Like cavemen?" Davis said.
Cogdell Memorial Hospital had to reschedule surgeries.
"I was fixing to have surgery here yesterday; because of no water my case got canceled. The reaction was we just need to get done what needs to get done and get our patients taken care of," Cogdell Memorial Hospital CFO John Everett said.
Everett says the main break was a shock to them because they had a similar issue Monday. They were fully prepared with emergency water reservoirs. With no water and now with the boil notice, they got creative. Nurses say they are using shampoo caps and sanitary wipes for bathing. So far there are no complaints from their eight patients.
Once it's over, "I'm going to be relieved," Baker said.
The City of Snyder hopes to get water test results back Friday.
Snyder ISD will resume classes Friday if toilets are working. They will keep people informed on their website about classes. For more information click here.
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