The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 9, 2014

Water problems close 2 Alabama schools

Associated Press

— FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Water problems linked to the deep freeze have forced two schools to close in northwest Alabama.

Water levels are dangerously low within the West Lauderdale Water Authority because of burst pipes following days of freezing weather.

So education officials are closing Central High School and Waterloo High School on Thursday. Managers hope the move will conserve water.

A decision will be made later on classes for Friday.

The system has about 6,000 customers, and manager Linda Lack says workers contacted almost 200 people on Wednesday about leaks at their homes.

Water system employees are riding around looking for water left by leaks, and they also are getting electronic alarms from new meters that alert the system about links.