Itsy-bitsy spider apparently clogged up the water spout
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

May 6, 2005 - The itsy-bitsy spider was apparently to blame for stopping the water spout earlier this week.

Sulphur Springs was forced to go to its back-up water supply after an electric transformer at the city's pumping station on Cooper Lake shorted out. City officials said a spider web was the suspected culprit after moisture condensed and caused an electrical short that arced more than 18 inches across a cabinet.

City Manager Marc Maxwell said a replacement transformer would cost more than $10,000, but a firm in Greenville with the capabilities to re-wind the transformer was located and could do the job for about $3,000.

"They are rewinding the transformer in Greenville right now," Maxwell said Wednesday morning. "We are not out of the woods yet. There are still a few places, a few ways this could go wrong."

The city manager said there was an 80 percent chance the Cooper Lake pump station would be back in operation by the end of the weekend, and residents will be able to enjoy a better quality of water from that lake early next week.

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