Richmond County Water Department will be replacing the main water meter in Ellerbe, causing a temporary shutdown of the town’s water supply.
“We have to put a new meter in the vault, and Ellerbe has to be shut down because the vault valves aren’t secure enough for us to work on it safely otherwise,” said Richmond County Water Superintendent Terry Richardson.
The water meter is used to show how much water is being consumed. Water meters are also used in public water supply systems, to determine flow through the system.
Valves allow water pressure, and flow, to be regulated. It’s not unusual for vaults to flood, which can make repairs difficult if the water supply is not turned off.
“Residents should keep some drinking water on hand, and maybe enough water to flush their toilet,” said Ellerbe Water Supervisor Wendell Robinson.
Residents may want to consider waking up earlier than usual if a morning shower is needed. Also, it usually takes about five gallons of water to flush a toilet, so having that ready might come in handy. And, in lieu of soap and water, try hand sanitizer if the need for clean arises.
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