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Rutland Residents Urged to Conserve Water

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Rutland, VT – Residents of the Vermont city of Rutland are being urged to conserve water after the water system was damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more...

The main supply line from the city reservoir was damaged in the storm and is now leaking and unusable.

The system's backup emergency pump was damaged but not incapacitated. It is now the only source of clean water for the city.

The city engineer told the Burlington Free Press that even with the backup pump running 24 hours a day, it cannot keep up with demand.

He estimates the city has a 30-day supply of potable water. If the emergency pump fails, the supply will be cut in half.

I'm Pat Bradley, WAMC News.

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