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Washington Water Plant saw major main break in May

GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske

The Washington Water Department responded to a major water main break in the first part of May.
GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske The Washington Water Department responded to a major water main break in the first part of May.

The Washington Water Plant saw a major main break due to a boring contractor drilling through a 12-foot line the second week in May. Water Treatment Superintendent Kyle Wellington said the towers fell from 32 inches to 11 inches in 40 minutes- the fastest he has ever seen.

“I had never seen the towers drain like that before,” he wrote in the monthly water treatment plant summary report presented to the Washington City Council Tuesday.

Wellington said crews were alerted to the problem when residents who live near the Washington County Jail called in to report low water pressure. Upon further inspection, an isolated break was discovered on South F Avenue, between Jefferson Avenue and Madison Avenue by Sunset Park. The water main and valves were then shut off to be fixed.

“Lucky for us, because of the isolation, it didn’t cause any citizens to have a loss of water.” he said.

Wellington said after the fix, crews tested the water and took bacteria samples to ensure the water was safe for consumption once more. Had the break not been isolated, it could have taken several hours to fix and a boil order would have had to be issued.