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Big Spring Valve Upgrades Nearing Completion

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By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The Big Spring Water Treatment plant was shut down Tuesday night for a 36 hour period. Residents were asked to conserve water and use it only for essential uses.

"They're changing out five different valves for us, some of them dating back to the 1950's. Some of them weren't operational," Johnny Womack, Environmental Services Assistant Director for the City of Big Spring, said.

Womack said the project is to gear up for more upgrades to the city's water system.

"Whenever our outside turbines go online, and our new inside turbines go online, then we can separate it and hopefully have better pressure and flow into the city," Womack said.

Earlier this summer, the water plant, which was built in the 1930's, renovated their water cleaning center.

"Where we clean the water, it all used to be wood, now it's fiberglass," he said.

To replace the valves, the city shut down the entire water plant, which is why restrictions are in place.

"We're only using our storage. Even once we get the water back going we're going to ask they still conserve," Womack said.

All the valves are expected to be up and running by Wednesday afternoon; however, the restrictions will stay in place until Thursday at 9 a.m.