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6/22/09

Two major water main breaks in Lubbock

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Crews spent the majority of the morning fixing and cleaning up central Lubbock streets after two huge water main breaks. 

On a hot summer day lots of water doesn't look all that bad, until you realize it's in the middle of the street as a result of a water main break. "We're not sure yet why it ruptured, it is an old cast iron pipe," said Director of Water Utilities Aubrey Spear.

The 16 inch pipe on 34th and Avenue M was already in the city's plan to be replaced by the end of the summer. "We'll actually replace this particular line and we are actually replacing the line all the way from Quaker to Avenue A and it will be with a newer line and we'll be able to feel that it's more reliable," said Spear.

It took about two hours to get the water turned off, and in the meantime 1.5 million gallons of water were lost. On Monday crews worked to patch the break as a temporary solution. "If it just ruptured in a small area then we'll literally put a metal band-aid on to the cast iron pipe and as we come through here we'll abandon the pipe as we have the new pipe in place," said Spear.

A few hours later another water main break happened at 66th and Avenue U. This pipe was not connected to the other, but more than likely was a result of the first one because of too much pressure, pressure that caused the street to buckle and shift.

Complete repairs for both breaks are set to take about week.

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