Water problem at Jamesway

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January 15, 1987 Jamesway has considered withdrawing its store from the plaza on U.S. 211 if specifications for water pressure are not met, Luray Town Manager Jerry Schiro told the council Monday night.

“The problem is quite serious. Jamesway has threatened to pull out of the shopping center if they don’t get the water pressure they need out there,” Schiro said.

Insurance underwriters for the department store are requiring water flow of “about 860 gallons per minute at about 40 pounds of pressure …,” according to the town manager.

Engineers said the town could not supply water by pump because it would create a negative pressure that would empty water lines in the event of a fire.

“It appears that the most economical and quickest fix for the problem is to tap into the 10-inch line that the Caverns installed a couple years ago,” Schiro said. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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