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Well Quits In Stratford: Water Turns Gray

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One of Stratford's two wells began pumping sand instead of water Wednesday morning until water district workers shut it down.  Water coming out of the tap is now a ugly gray and full of sand.  John Demsky, manager of the Stratford Public Utility District says the problem was reported by a customer just after eight this morning.  "At 8:20 we received a phone call from a customer regarding dirty water." 

The pump is located behind the main office and when Demsky checked the well he found dark gray sand around the base of the pump.  With one pump out of service the remaining well can only produce 500 gallons of water a minute.  320 customers are tapped into the water district in the Kings County community of 1-thousand people.  

Demsky is asking all customers to conserve water until the pump is fixed.  "Curtailing use of any outside watering.  Not watering lawns, plants, car washing and to conserve water wherever possible."  Manuel Almeida is a longtime resident.  He says water problems are something he's learned to deal with in Stratford.  "I have a filter so that helps a little bit but people who don't have filters they don't have good water to take a shower or clean the dishes." 

Demsky says he won't know until a crew comes out and sends a camera down the well's casing just how serious the problem is for Stratford residents.    

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