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Plants seeing large increase in water usage across the area

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SIKESTON -- Whether they are pushing their limits or have the ability to make plenty more, water treatment plants in the area have seen a large increase in water usage.

Mike Williams, water superintendent for New Madrid, said he has been at his city's water treatment plant for 34 years and has never seen usage this high before.

"We're having problems with water -- there is such a great demand," Williams said. "There for awhile we were averaging 750,000-850,000 per day. One day it got up to 919,000 gallons: we were pumping almost at capacity. This plant is designed to pump a million gallon a day."

David Harris, director of public works for the city of Charleston, said his water treatment plant has also seen a dramatic increase over the 1.2 million gallons per day his plant usually processes.

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