Jefferson City facilities face water shortage after pump malfunction

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | 4:41 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Jefferson City residents were under a boil water advisory and multiple facilities in the city were out of water Tuesday because of a malfunctioning water pump.

Among the facilities affected were St. Mary’s Hospital, Capital Region Hospital, the Cole County Jail and Jefferson City Public Schools, according to news releases from the Cole County Sheriff’s Department and Jefferson City Public Schools.

The city's public schools dismissed three and a half hours into the school day.

Also, the city's emergency manager planned to send tractor trailer tankers of clean water to affected facilities so they can continue operating, according to the sheriff's department news release.

The sheriff's department has delivered water for inmates and staff at the jail, and the news release said the department was trying to obtain clean water for the jail's kitchen in order to make meals.

Missouri American Water issued a news release on the city's website advising water customers to bring water to a rolling boil for five minutes before using it for drinking or cooking. The advisory will last until water quality samples show the water to be safe for consumption, which is usually within 24 to 36 hours after the completion of repairs.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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