For the third time in less than three years, Childers Oil in Whitesburg has been tied to pollution that shut down the city’s water system.
Residents smelled petroleum in their tap water Saturday morning, and the municipal treatment plant was immediately shut down. On Monday, after testing and searching all weekend, officials determined that diesel fuel had leaked down a ditch line from the Childers Oil bulk plant upstream from the water treatment plant, said state Division of Water spokeswoman Allison Fleck.
Workers drilled concrete at the plant Monday afternoon, trying to determine precisely which pipe or tank was leaking.
“It was a miniscule amount,” Childers Oil owner Don Childers told the Herald-Leader Monday. “We’re working on it. We haven’t pinpointed a source. For all we know it could have been (someone else) dumping in the ditch line.”
Childers Oil donated pallets of water to be distributed to customers of Whitesburg’s water system.…