[caption id="attachment_1937" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/02\/GH_WaterProblemsweb.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-1937" alt="Marlinton town water crews and contractors have been working to restore normal water service after subzero temperatures in late January caused several malfunctions in the system. In the photo, left to right: Josh Sharp, Kenny Thomas, Johnny Moore and Town Maintenance Supervisor Mike Rider. " src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/02\/GH_WaterProblemsweb-300x225.jpg" width="300" height="225" \/><\/a> Marlinton town water crews and contractors have been working to restore normal water service after subzero temperatures in late January caused several malfunctions in the system. In the photo, left to right: Josh Sharp, Kenny Thomas, Johnny Moore and Town Maintenance Supervisor Mike Rider.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nMarlinton is not the only community experiencing water problems due to recent abnormally cold weather. Sustained sub-zero temperatures caused malfunctions and line breaks that have kept town crews and contractors working overtime - here and across the state.\r\n\r\nRural Water Association circuit rider Bertis McCarty provides expert water system assistance to communities in 18 counties, including Pocahontas County. McCarty said he and his fellow circuit riders have received a higher than normal amount of emergency calls due to the cold weather.\r\n\r\n\u201cEmpty tanks, broken lines and a lot of other problems,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nMcCarty said the ground has been freezing deeper in Pocahontas County than in other parts of the state. One unusual problem he encountered while working in Marlinton was an \u201cice cap\u201d that formed inside a water tank. As the water level went up and down in the tank, a crust of ice formed and expanded, freezing up the water level indicator. McCarty said bitter cold weather not only causes water system problems, it makes it very difficult for workers to make repairs.\r\n\r\nMarlinton Mayor Joe Smith said on Monday that town crews have been working diligently to fix problems in the water system.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe leak at Dorie's was a six-inch line that was 100 percent ruptured and we got it repaired,\u201d he said. \u201cWe repaired lines out in the Brush Country. We repaired leaks throughout the town. On Friday, I think they repaired four here in town - a lot of them small leaks, but they add up. They're working overtime, up until darkness.\u201d\r\n\r\nA local contractor was hired to help repair leaks.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe've got Johnny Moore helping us,\u201d Smith said. \u201cSimply because he's very knowledgeable about water and he has equipment that we don't have. The big thing is he has a track-hoe; ours is a rubber-wheeled backhoe. It's heavier duty and it can do more. With this ground frozen, our backhoe doesn't hardly budge it.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe mayor expected the local conserve and boil water advisory to be lifted by the end of the week. But he warned that the change in seasons might not be the end of water system issues.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe ground, right now in Marlinton, is frozen 24 inches deep,\u201d he said. \u201cThat's how deep it was down behind Dorie's, so there's no reason to think it's much less or any more anyplace else. I would almost say we haven't seen the worst of it yet, because when we start getting a good thaw, I think we're going to see a lot of leaks come to the surface.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnyone who loses water service can fill up containers, free of charge, at the town water plant. The mayor said he appreciates the understanding of water customers during the crisis.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's very frustrating, but town residents have been very considerate during this period of water problems,\u201d he said.