ALTUS Water supplies and usage was restored to normal for the City of Altus Friday evening following a period during most of the day in which a mandatory conservation order was in effect while repairs were made to a valve on a supply pipeline.
Will Archer, manager of the Mountain Park Conservancy District, reported Friday evening that repairs to the valve in the pipeline had been completed and that the water flow was being restored to normal levels for both the pipeline and regulating tank, both levels necessary before water transportation could be resumed between the lake and the City of Altus.
"We've got it filled back to normal, so we should start sending water again by 7 p.m.," he said.
Lloyd Colston, the city's director of emergency management, said the conservation order was made following a Friday morning discovery of a break in a valve to the pipeline connecting the city to Tom Steed Reservoir in Kiowa County, the city's main water source. The valve break was located some three miles from the lake.
"We urged residents not to do outside watering," he said.