2 Pickens County schools will be closed Friday due to water issu

2 Pickens County schools will be closed Friday due to water issues

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Buses picked up students at noon. Source: WBRC video Buses picked up students at noon. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Two schools have decided to close early on Thursday due to water issues.

The Pickens County Superintendent, Jamie Chapman, says there have been water problems in Reform, where the schools are located. The schools dismissed on a concern of running out of water.

Public works crews were on patrol for leaks found 75 Thursday morning. Mayor Bennie Harton says they had to turn off water completely in some areas to make repairs.

The water and water pressure were so low that the two schools had to close early. Buses picked up students at noon.

"When water pressure is down they can't cook, they can't have lunch, you can't have the bathroom," Harton said. "As you know, all elementary schools need to use the restroom and wash their hands just about every hour on the hour."

Both schools will be closed Friday.

Residents like Jerry Prestriedge says they'll use water sparingly if it means a neighbor won't go without it.

Harton says there is water in the tower Thursday but it could take up to three days before levels return to normal.

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