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600,000 gallons of water in basement of Junction City Water Plant due to electrical issue

600,000 gallons of water in basement of Junction City Water Plant due to electrical issue
600,000 gallons of water in basement of Junction City Water Plant due to electrical issue(WIBW)
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 6:16 AM CST
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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - Junction City officials say they hope to have water back in the system by Friday afternoon.

Junction City City Manager Allen Dinkel says crews are still working to reestablish operations at the city’s water plant. Dinkel says they are working with Geary Co. Emergency Preparedness to bring portable water to the city.

During Wednesday afternoon storms the Junction City Water Treatment Plant lost power, causing the back-up generator to turn on, to keep the plant running.

When electricity was restored to the Plant, and the generator turned off, one of the valves at the plant remained open, causing more than 600,000 gallons of water to fill the basement of the Water Plant.

Crews have been on scene all morning, with Geary County Fire Department bringing in a pumper truck to pump water out of the building.

A sump pump was also brought in from Fort Riley to assist with pumping water out of the basement.

Officials estimate it will take 6-8 hours to pump all the water out of the basement, so that a damage assessment can be completed.

Junction City, City Manager, Allen Dinkel says residents should continue limiting water usage throughout the day, and until the plant returns to regular operations.

Residents are being asked to conserve water Thursday morning as city officials work to fix a problem at the Junction City Water Plant.

City Manager Allen Dinkel issued a notice that the plant had electrical problems caused by the recent storms.

Water users in Junction City, Grandview Plaza, and Geary Rural Water Dist. 1 are being asked to conserve water immediately.

Dinkel said the city is working to identify and solve the problem.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

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