Breckenridge Texan

Waterline break leaves some local residents without water

Waterline break leaves some local residents without water
July 03
21:10 2018

Several homes are without water Tuesday evening as Breckenridge City utility crews work to repair a busted six-inch waterline at the intersection of South Melrose Avenue and East U.S. Highway 180 in front the TxDOT Maintenance Office.

According to Breckenridge Public Works Director Houston Satterwhite, the pipe broke when contractors were relocating waterlines in conjunction with the highway construction in the area. He said the dirt under the pipe gave way and cracked a portion of an old asbestos concrete pipe.

Satterwhite said that in order to make repairs to the line, water service was cut off from South Melrose Avenue to the end of the water system east of Breckenridge past State Highway 67. He said houses and businesses along both sides of U.S. Highway 180 East and for several blocks back from the highway were affected by the break. Specifically, the boil water notice will apply to water customers from the 1400 block of East U.S. Highway 180 (Walker Street) and the 1900 block of East Elliott Street and all County Roads connecting to the east end of system.

Crews will work through the evening to make the repairs and restore water service. Once the repairs are made and water service is restored, water customers in the area will be under a boil water notice until water samples can be sent to the lab in Abilene and tested.

Story by Tony Pilkington

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge utility workers pump out water covering a broken waterline next to U.S. Highway 180 East so they can make repairs to the line. (Photo by Tony Pilkington)


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