Workers were busy repairing a main water line rupture overnight Sunday in the area between Candlewood Drive and Presbyterian Manor.
At approximately 5:35 p.m. Sunday, the City of Emporia discovered a main line water leak. Assistant City Manager Lane Massey told the Gazette the pipe was repaired at 6 a.m. Monday after crews worked all night to repair one of the city’s main water lines, a 20-inch pipe, supplying water to all of Emporia. The rupture was approximately 10-12 feet long, blowing the top off the pipe.
Public Works Director Dean Grant said approximately 3 million gallons of water were lost before repairs could be made. The plant will have to operate at a higher flow for a period of time to recover the loss. Grant attributed the rupture to age, as the pipe was 95 years old.
Most citizens experienced low water pressure while the pipe was down.
Grant said the speedy fix of the pipe was partly due to the use of an excavator through a local contractor.
“Essentially, the line supplies all of town, and when you take and potentially put a hole in a pipe that size, a lot of water moves through it in a short period of time,” he said. “The city in the last 4-5 years has done a lot to improve the infrastructure here in town and spent a lot of money on sewer, a lot of money on the water systems and the commission continues to approve and do new projects to help the system. Our city manager and our finance director do a fabulous job of trying to ensure that as we do projects, that we get done, and do them in a way that we try to keep the rates level for our citizens and and industries here in town.”
Grant said the city and the engineering department is working hard to put a plan together to ensure that they don’t just acknowledge there is aging infrastructure but there is plan in place and continue to move forward with every year.
Grant acknowledged the crew’s working overnight to fix the problem.
“I attribute the response to the fact that they made a priority to get it done as quickly as possible.”