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UPDATED: Water usage limits continue in Palo

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PALO (KWWL) - A town that already experienced its fair share of problems in the summer floods is now having more difficulties. Residents of the town of Palo are being asked to limit their sewage discharges.

Two motors burned out at the town's main sewage pumping station. It carries the town's wastewater uphill to a nearby lagoon. Tom Watson, who heads up the city's infrastructure, says a few basements in town already experience minor backups because of the problem. He's asking residents to be patient.

"Maybe cut the length of their shower or bath, or be a little more careful on dishwater, and not run too much in the sinks while brushing their teeth," he said.

Watson estimates repair costs at about $800. He says it's disappointing because the equipment was just replaced by FEMA after the June flooding. As one employee at the local Mini Mart put it, "this is a problem Palo doesn't need right now."

The main lift station was operational as of Friday morning, but the back-up system still needs to be fixed. A new motor for the back-up system will be installed Friday afternoon. Residents are asked to continue to limit water usage throughout the day on Friday.

Online Reporter: Brady Smith

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