By Alex Fees
Troy, MO (KSDK) - Public works officials in Troy, Missouri are asking residents to cut back on water usage.
Troy Mayor Mark Cross said pumps in two of the town's six wells have broken down, due to unseasonably dry conditions.
"On Friday," said Cross, "we had one of our wells go down, which is not a big deal. That happens from time to time. The motor burned up so we had to get a new motor. But then Monday afternoon a second well went down, a motor burned up in that."
As a result, Troy residents are being asked to conserve water. That includes refraining from lawn watering. Owners of local car washes have been asked to temporarily close their facilities.
"We're pumping as much water as we would in July and August," said Cross, "and we've never done that in late May or early June. So dry conditions are putting some pressures on the system. So when the second pump went down, we've never had that before. So we decided we'd take some proactive steps to conserve water because we don't know what might happen next."
Cross said they hope to have the pumps repaired, and one or both of the wells back up and running by Thursday. The cost of repairing those pumps is about $32,000.