For the past several days, Liberty Utilities has been issuing reports on its progress in increasing water pressure and dealing with leaks. Following is the company statement released at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Today we are pleased to share that we are donating $250,000 to be used to aid residents of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County. As we continue to address leaks and breaks, we have found that many of them are not on our system, but they are instead on pipes in area homes and businesses. We recognize that, for many of our neighbors, the cost of repairing or replacing these pipes is a heavy burden, and we’ve set aside these funds in hopes of helping lighten that burden. Liberty will work with Mayor Washington, Judge Robinson, and Mayor Foster to determine the best way to distribute those funds.

Our crews that have gathered from Arizona, California and Missouri are continuing to assist in our response and canvass the community. We thank them as well as the Pine Bluff police department, fire department and wastewater utility for their continued support and assistance.


By the Numbers – 2-25-21

  • 45 Liberty operations team members on site and working in the community plus assistance from contractors, local police, fire, and wastewater utility. Additional relief crews are in route.
  • Total number of leaks / breaks found to date:
    • 252 residential leaks (Note: These are not Liberty systems but customer-owned pipes. Once reported, we shut off the meter to stop the flow of water and allow customers to begin repairs).
    • Current water production level: 12.881 million gallons (typical for this time of year is 7 to 9 million gallons)
  • Water pressures at plants as of 11:33 a.m.
    • Pressures continue to improve (as a reminder, our typical operating pressure is between 50 and 60 PSI)
    • Plant 1: 45 PSI
    • Plant 2: 73.1 PSI
    • Plant 3: 47.5 PSI