HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE – Due to a large water main break that was discovered early on Friday morning, the Hot Springs Village water distribution system is in critical condition. It is estimated that more than one million of gallons of water was lost through this leak – on top of the Village’s largest daily consumption level ever, with 3.95 million gallons of water used on Thursday.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE PROPERTY OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION IS BANNING ALL OUTDOOR WATER USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IN ADDITION, THE POA ASKS RESIDENTS TO LIMIT THEIR DOMESTIC WATER USE TO ESSENTIAL PURPOSES ONLY – WHICH INCLUDES LIMITING THE USE OF WATER CONSUMING APPLIANCES LIKE DISHWASHERS AND WASHING MACHINES. IF THE WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CONTINUES TO LOSE WATER OR PRESSURE, IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE POA TO ISSUE A “BOIL ORDER”.
All large POA water uses are also closed until further notice. This includes the DeSoto Pool, Coronado Pool and showers at the Coronado Fitness Center.
The Department of Public Works is working to find and repair all leaks to the existing water distribution system and to restore water service as soon as possible. To report a leak, call the Department of Public Works at 501-922-5524.
For additional information, contact Randy Noles, Director of Public Works, at 501-922-5522.
Scott Randall, general manager at Hot Springs Village, tells me the problem is solely related to production, not supply. The main break — and some other smaller leaks subsequently discovered — drew down sharply the backup supply of treated water in 13 tanks that hold almost 3 million gallons. The system produces about 4 million gallons a day of treated water from river and reservoir sources. The tank closest to the break dropped to six inches, but is regaining storage as are other tanks, Randall said. If all goes well, he said the ban on usage might be lifted late today.
He said the community's golf courses don't rely on treated water, but from their own sources, including 11 lakes. The problem has, however, limited use of water drawn from the treated water system to do such things as wash golf carts, he said.