01/14/11 164 W - + 1 - 3 Fayetteville's Water Emergency

The rupture of a high-pressure water line at a water treatment facility in Fayetteville early yesterday evening drop pressure for three-quarters of the city. The problem was isolated about 9:30 p.m., three hours later, with water pressure returning to normal after a few more hours. This Fayetteville Observer article has details on the impact on fire protection.

The Fayetteville Fire Department positioned their reserve engines in affected areas, including stations on Stacey Weaver Drive, Santa Fe Drive, Bailey Lake Road, Stamper Road and Langdon Street. They also upgraded their response criteria, to add more units to reported fires. County departments were notified, and mutual aid was ready as well.

FFD helped supply Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with water, at least 300 gallons as donated by Wal-Mart. The hospital also has a three-day stockpile for just such emergencies. The hospital also placed staff members on fire watch on each floor, since their fire suppression system was also impacted. Read the entire article.

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