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Houston spends day without water

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HOUSTON, MN (WXOW)—The water is back on for the thousand or so people living in Houston, Minn.

The city spent most of the day without it because of a water main break.

At the beginning of the week the city noticed it was pumping a lot more water than normal, the break was identified, but had to shut off the water to fix it.

That meant a most of the town was closed down; no school, no doctor, even most restaurants locked their doors as their taps dried up. But not JT's Corner Bar & Grill.

"Luckily the city let us know ahead of time so we planned a head we got a porta potty and a hand wash station for in here and we ran our sinks ahead of time," Terry Schaub, Kitchen Manager said.

Just a few changes, meals served in plastic baskets, plastic cups and a new special of the day that doesn't need any water.

"I couldn't have made mashed potatoes and gravy with out water so today we're doing a wrap special with french fries," Schaub said.

As Schaub was busy working without water crews were busy working with the water hoping to dig up the problem quickly.

"Maintenance crews searched for the problem, found an area where they could see water on the surface of the ground, then they found there's a break in the primary water main which comes down out of our reservoir," Larry Jerviss, City Administrator said.

After some digging, crews found the pipe had been sheared, which could happen from frost or heavy traffic.

There was no contamination in the water and everyone in the city should be able to flush again.

"We may get some discoloration in the water for a little while but if that happens just open the tap and let it run until its clear," Jerviss said.

So its back to business as usual.

"Being it's a week day, a lot of people are off to work and will never know the difference," Jerviss said.

But working and living in Houston, Schaub noticed; her preparation at work and at home got her through the day.

"I filled my bathtub and I ran every pot of water I could think of," Schaub said. "Made coffee for tomorrow so I'm set."

She's just glad everything was only shut down for the day and tomorrow she should be able to make those mashed potatoes for lunch.

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