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UPDATE: Tallassee's 'water emergency' resolved

Old pipes hampered the fix. City officials don't even have complete maps of the old system. Old pipes hampered the fix. City officials don't even have complete maps of the old system.
Mayor McClain celebrates one year in office with a big challenge. Mayor McClain celebrates one year in office with a big challenge.
Tallassee's 750,000 gallon water tower. Tallassee's 750,000 gallon water tower.

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Updated by: Cody Holyoke - bio | email

TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - Tallassee residents now have water service, after a day-long dry spell caused by a faulty seal in a drainage pipe, according to the city's mayor.

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The old saying "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink" couldn't ring more true for the majority of citizens in Tallassee. Sitting along the Tallapoosa River isn't any comfort after a water main started leaking early Tuesday morning.

By midday homes, schools and even a hospital was feeling the drought. Tallassee schools even sent students home early as a result.

The leak is primarily affecting residents and businesses on the west side of the river in Elmore County. In all, the problem is affecting approximately 2,500 customers.

The pipes' age isn't helping matters either. Tallassee's Mayor George McCain celebrates the first anniversary of his ascension to office with a city's worst nightmare. He says the pipes are "very old" and that workers, "have tried to cut valves off, but we don't have maps for old pipes and don't know exactly where the leaks are." 

Workers emptied the city's massive 750,000 gallon tank and finally found the source of the leak. Lead sealants on the old pipes had burst sending water more than 30 feet into the air.

McCain told WSFA 12 News Tuesday night the situation was resolved and all customers should have service.  He cautioned residents that water may seem rusty and advised them to run their water until it is clear.

As for students who were let out of school early, no such luck for Wednesday.  Officials are preparing for a normal school day.

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