Breckenridge Texan

City crews work to restore water service to Breckenridge

City crews work to restore water service to Breckenridge
November 12
15:19 2018

The City of Breckenridge is working to repair a broken 10-inch water line off of North Dubois Street that has left most of the community with little to no water since about 1:30 this morning.

“(The crews) found out we had a big water leak because both towers were drained in about 11 minutes,” said Breckenridge City Manager Andy McCuistion. “We knew it was a big leak somewhere, and they started looking all over town for it.”

The city employees finally found the general area of the leak near the city maintenance shop off of North Dubois Street, behind the Stephens County Animal Shelter. The area where the leak is has both old lines and new lines, and they aren’t sure yet which pipeline is broken, McCuistion said.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, he said the city crew was still working to dig up the pipes and figure out exactly where the leak is. He said they hope to have the line repaired before dark today.

The City is processing water and pumping it through the lines and the towers are filling up slowly, McCuistion said. However, they will not be able to restore full water service to the city until the leak is repaired.

The repair crew is trying to find the valve to turn off the water to the leak, so that they don’t lose so much water while they make the repair, the city manager said.

The entire city remains under a boil water notice. Once the repair is made and a water sample shows to be safe, the boil water notice will be lifted. For more information about the notice, including details about how long to boil the water to make it safe for consumption, click here to read the Breckenridge Texan article.

The problems with the water service on Monday led Breckenridge Independent School District to cancel the the junior high basketball games that were scheduled for Monday evening.

A Breckenridge city employee digs near the suspected location of a major water leak which happened around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


Story by Tony Pilkington and Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: An excavator digs a hole at the site of a water line leak in north Breckenridge Monday afternoon as city crews try to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)







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