The City of Doerun has lifted strict outdoor watering restrictions put in place a month ago after water levels dropped to a precarious level. The action came Thursday.

A Tallahassee well company finished putting in a replacement pump at one of the city’s wells on Wednesday afternoon, and tests on Thursday showed the new system is working.

Some adjustments still have to be made, but restrictions, which prohibited all outdoor water use, have been lifted, said John Walters, Doerun’s public service technician.

Doerun utility officials discovered in mid-June that the water level had dropped to only about three feet over one of its two pumps. The second pump was removed with the intention of rebuilding it and putting it back in place, but that pump was replaced.

The new 50-horse-power pump, set at 273 feet below ground level, has a capacity of about 350 gallons per minute compared to 240 gallons or less for the old one, Walters said.

A temporary pump with even less capacity was in place while the city made arrangements to fix or replace the pump.

The estimated cost to the city is $50,000 to $55,000, he said. The city has not received the final bill for the work.

Walters said he does not think any citations were issued during the month the water restrictions were in place.

“If they saw somebody not abiding by it, the police just reminded them,” he said. “We want our city to know we appreciate their support. If they hadn’t worked to abide by the restrictions, we would have been in a mess.”

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