Water service loss doesn’t faze Moberly residents

Caption: Carl Gordy said he lost water service for several hours after Tuesday morning’s water main break. (Garrett Bergquist/KRCG 13)

Residents said they turned to bottled water for all of their needs after Tuesday’s loss of service.

City officials said a 14-inch water pipe along Sturgeon Street broke sometime after midnight, causing pressure in the city’s water system to drop. Carl Gordy lives just yards away from the site. He said he and his wife noticed their water pressure was very low around 5 a.m.

At first, the couple thought their pipes had frozen. Then a neighbor texted them that the city’s water system was down. At that point, the Gordy household lost service altogether. The couple ended up brushing their teeth using bottled water.

“It’s an inconvenience, but it’s part of life,” he said. “You just have to go with the flow. Of water,” he added with a laugh.

Not everyone in Moberly lost water service. Some residents told KRCG 13 they saw some loss of water pressure but still had service, while others said they didn’t lose any pressure at all. Those who did lose pressure, including Gordy, said their water service returned to normal shortly after noon.

Moberly officials said the city will remain under a boil order for the time being. Residents may notice rust colored water with a strong chlorine smell as technicians disinfect the water. Gordy said he considers the boil order a minor inconvenience.

“It’s a pain, but you have to do it. You don’t want to get sick,” he said.

City officials said repairs should be completed Tuesday night. They don’t yet know how much the repairs will cost, but the city had the necessary parts already in house.

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