City gives free water

Newton purchased 4,000 gallons of water Tuesday to distribute to residents who were without water because of a water main break.
The city purchased 1,000 cases, which each held four gallons of water, from Merchant Distributors Inc. Flowers Bakery donated a tractor-trailer to Newton to transport the water from MDI to Newton Public Works on Tuesday afternoon.

"The decision to purchase water was made about the time we made the decision to turn off the water in the area (Tuesday)," said Glenn Pattishall, Newton assistant city manager and planning director.

Cases were delivered to Bradford Apartments, Heritage Village and Oakwood Apartments around 8 p.m. Tuesday to residents who were without water. Tim Dumire, a Newton electric employee, said about 240 cases were taken to Oakwood Apartments alone.

The remaining water cases were taken to St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Old Conover-Startown Road on Tuesday night for area residents to pick up one case per household. Remaining cases of water were distributed from the church Wednesday after a reverse 9-1-1 call was made to city residents.

Along with Dumire distributing water at the church Wednesday was Jon Allan, an electric department employee; Alex Fulbright, of the planning department; and Brandon Elrod, a human resources representative.