Crews repair broken water main break


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and photojournalist ROBERT McMURREY

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Posted on December 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 12:30 PM

AUSTIN -- A water main break in Central Austin shut down part of North Loop Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Austin Water crews made repairs to a broken 12 inch main. The water pressure broke under the road and tore apart a small section of the Eastbound lane.
Crews found it spewing up through a hole in the street near Avenue F around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday. The break sent water gushing several feet into the air.
City road crews set up barricades to block traffic while repairs were made. Crews had to break apart the road to reach the broken main. They used a hose to pump out a pool of water that formed underneath the road.
The cause of the break is still under investigation.

“It's like CSI for the water utility. These guys can go in there and kind of determine was it the pipe expanding, contracting. Was it the pressure coming out. Was it age? So, our engineers can go in there and kind of back-track a little bit and determine what was behind this failure,” said Austin Water spokesman, Jason Hill
Hill said repair takes several hours to complete. Crews must replace the section of pipe that broke. The repairs faced a slight delay because of a series of gas lines that run under the same section of road.
Water Crews had to wait for the Texas Gas Service to identify and mark the lines to avoid further damage and complications.
During repairs, Hill said Austin Water had to shut off service to approximately 50 customers in a several block radius including both homes and businesses. Service has since been restored.