Cumberland mayor says the city is working on solutions to water problems

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Water problems continue in the City of Cumberland.

For about a month, many who live in the Cumberland Manor Apartments say their water service has been spotty, but Mayor Carl Hatfield says the issues are not going unnoticed.

The water plant in Cumberland opened more than 75 years ago. It's been renovated four times since and needs to be renovated again.

"The entire water plant has been neglected for years, and we have to take immediate action to correct some of the problems we are having," said Hatfield.

Those problems include major leaks that cannot be detected, lack of a good mapping system for cutoff valves and most recently a water line burst which is causing issues for people who live at Cumberland Manor Apartments.

"About the past month, the water has been going on and off. And there have been periods of time where it has been out completely, and then there is sometimes when it comes on and you ain't got no water pressure," said Jeffery Bush who lives at Cumberland Manor Apartments.

Among other problems, the mayor says the plant in Cumberland produces about 24 million gallons of water a month, but only about 5 million of that actually reaches peoples homes.

"We have to overflow the tanks to ensure that the pressure gets the water to the higher elevations, and that is an excessive expense," said Hatfield.

They mayor says all problems are being addressed. Starting Wednesday a construction company will start digging up the line break that could be causing the problems at Cumberland Manor Apartments.

The mayor also says the city has contracted two engineering firms to assess all the problems the water plant is having.

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