Officials with the city of Mountain Home say they came "within hours" of instituting mandatory water conservation measures during the week of June 23, and are still working "on borrowed time" to solve their H2O issues.
The Mountain Home News reports that concerns started to surface when two of the city's wells went offline, beginning June 23. Seals on one of the well pumps failed, a pump motor broke and the head of the Mountain Home water department said replacement parts were in short supply. Additionally, Mountain Home was supplying additional water to residents of the nearby Mellen Subdivision after the neighborhood's well failed.
The News reports that "it could take a couple of weeks" to bring one of Mountain Home's wells back online. In total, the city relies on eight wells located across town to supply drinking water.
Meanwhile city officials are restricting water usage to specific days, depending on address. If a Mountain Home address is an even number, residents can use outside water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If the address is an odd number, residents may use outside water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Residents are asked not to water lawns on Sundays. The city has also cut back water on parks and other city properties to every other day.