City of Westminster attempting to repair backup water pump damaged by lightning, asks residents to conserve

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WESTMINSTER, SC (FOX Carolina) –

The City of Westminster is asking all residents to restrict water usage after the city’s raw water pumps were struck by lightning.

On Monday, the city posted on Facebook that as a result of a direct lightening hit, both of the city’s raw water pumps were taken down.

The city says it currently has enough water stored to last residents through Wednesday. Officials will be speaking with the City of Seneca to help supply the City of Westminster with water until at least one pump is back up and running.

“We are asking that ALL customers begin to restrict their water usage. Please do not water your grass or flowers, wash your cars, or fill your pools. We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope to have the issue resolved quickly,’ city officials said on Facebook.

On Tuesday, Mayor Brian Ramey said the lightning damaged one pump beyond repair and also caused damage to the backup pump. Ramey said workers had purchased replacement parts and were heading to the backup pump Tuesday morning to determine if it could be repaired.

Ramey said officials would know by Tuesday afternoon if the pump could be fixed.

“We have made arrangements for a back up water supply just in case neither pump is operable,” Ramey added.

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