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home : news : putnam   May 25, 2016

1/22/2013 4:34:00 PM
Power outage drained water supply briefly for Henry


Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer



HENRY — A Dec. 20 power outage was discussed Monday at the Henry City Council meeting.

The outage, which lasted hours, caused the whole city to lose power, including the well at the water tower, according to Mayor David Donini.
“We did learn from this experience,” he said.

The city is in the process of putting in a generator to avoid this situation in the future.

Since the power was out long enough that the city ran out of water, a boil order notice was posted on the city website once power was resumed. The city is looking into alternative methods of notifying residents about boil orders, including a call list involving businesses and churches and signs that can be posted around the city, Donini said.

Alderman Gene Schrowang said he heard some people say they left their water running during the power outage to avoid frozen pipes. He speculated that could have led to the city running out of water during the outage. The correct way to avoid frozen pipes, he said, would have been to shut off the water going into the house and draining the lines of any existing water.

In other news:

* The council heard complaints from two residents about “selective enforcement” regarding ordinance violations in the city. Police chief William Calbow said the two men complaining were among the worst ordinance violators in Henry.

* The council approved spending $180 to purchase 250 toilet tank bags. The bags will be used in a water conservation education program for third- to fifth-grade students at the Henry-Senachwine Grade School.

If two-thirds of the distributed bags are used inside toilet tanks, it would conserve almost 300,000 gallons of water a year, alderman Jeff Bergfeld said.

* Donini said Mary Ann Magnuson has resigned from the Citizen Advisory Committee. The council appointed Nancy Doyle to the vacated position.

Shannon Crawley-Serpette can be reached at (309) 364-2268 or ntputnam@newstrib.com.












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