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More areas added to Lauderdale Co. water conservation alert

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Homes and businesses across the Tennessee Valley continue to assess the damage caused by frozen and burst pipes during this week's deep freeze.

The West Lauderdale Water Authority issued a water conservation alert Wednesday due to the number of leaks. Officials distributed more than 600 cases of drinking water to customers in the Central and Waterloo areas to help offset the low water levels.

Thursday afternoon, the alert area was expanded to include East Lauderdale County and the Lexington area.

The big problem, officials said, is some homes and businesses have leaks that are not being shut off, causing excess water to lead into the ground and drain the community's water tanks. This, in turn, leads to some people with little to no water pressure.

Officials with the water authority are asking people to conserve as much water as they can and to shut their meters off if they have a leak. They said customers are the key factor when it comes to letting the reserve tanks fill back up.

Authority staff has been passing cases of water to customers since Wednesday, while employees continue to work around the clock to repair busted pipes and mains.

"One reason we're trying to supplement with this bottled water is to get the water to the ones that need it. If the people would pick up the water instead of the tap water, then that would help our reserve levels come back up," said Linda Lack.

More water will be passed at the water authority's location on County Road 200 until 9 p.m.

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