UPDATE: Milledgeville water restrictions lifted for certain residents


MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Milledgeville residents with newly sodded lawns can water their grass.

The city still has water restrictions in place, but is allowing residents with new grass to use their hoses.

A broken pump caused the city to put up water restrictions last week. Milledgeville’s water department is still working to repair and replace a pump that supplies water to the city.

Milledgeville leaders are reinforcing the city’s water restrictions.

City Manager Barry Jarrett said a second alternate pumping system was installed Thursday because the first one didn’t work.

The city will test the second system around 8 p.m. to see if water can be pumped from the river to the plant.

In the meantime, the county is helping the city with water.

Jarrett said while the levels are lower than the city would like, they are maintaining the system.

The city is expected to hear if the broken pump is repairable Friday morning.

The City of Milledgeville Water Department has placed a restriction on outdoor water use in the city until further notice.

The city is asking people to not water lawns, wash cars or fill swimming pools at this time.

City water customers are also asked to conserve water until further notice, according to a news release from City Manager Barry Jarrett.

“One of our water pumps went out,” Jarrett told 41NBC by phone on Wednesday. “Hopefully, we can get it out of the Oconee River by the end of the day and send it out to be fixed.”

Jarrett went on to say he isn’t sure of an exact timeline on when the pump will be fixed or how much the repairs will cost.

He says he should have an estimate by the end of the day on Wednesday.

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