Richmond businesses are bracing for sporadic water outages this weekend.
Utility crews will be shutting off the water on West Broad Street from Boulevard west to the 195 overpass, the 200–500 blocks of West Broad Street, and Henry Street from Marshall Street to West Broad Street. The water will be shut off Sunday at 3 p.m. The next phase will be on April 7th.
Public utilities officials say the goal is no more than three hours without water. They say underground water valves are more than 50 years old, and need to be replaced or repaired.
The loss of water is quite a downer at Lift Coffee Shop.
"It's lost revenue for all of the businesses. It's a pretty big impact for us," said Lift Coffee Shop owner Stephanie Garnett. "We can't brew coffee, or make espresso drinks, or anything like that, so we can't be open."
Garnett says the revenue she'll lose in half a day equals half her monthly city tax bill.
"My overhead costs are still there," she said.
Comfort Inn General Manager Kathy Critzer says her staff has been notifying guests of the inconvenience.
"(We've asked them to) bear with us. It is repeat business. They come back every year," said Critzer.
City officials say they're replacing more valves in one round than usual to inconvenience businesses as little as possible.
Anyone who would like updates can call 3-1-1, and choose the prompt for water emergency.
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