Workers had a busy time today repairing a broken main water line. (District of Houston photo)

Workers had a busy time today repairing a broken main water line. (District of Houston photo)

Water service being restored

Main line on 13th had broken

Water service in the area of 13th and Copeland was restored late June 9 following a break in the main service line that affected surrounding residents for the greater part of a day.

Once the break resulted in surface water flowing around the area, District of Houston crews shut the service down to avoid damage to roads and property.

The District then called in outside contractors to excavate to find the source of the break and then to make repairs.

Late in the afternoon of June 9 the District reported repairs had been made and that a return to normal service would follow.

“This will result in line flushing on 11th Street to remove built-up sediment, which may result in water discoloration or sediment coming through taps. Water users should run their taps until the water runs clear,” the District said in a release outlining steps being taken.

“It was determined that this failure was due to the age and material of the waterline, which was 56 years old. These failures highlight the importance of our asset management inventory, which helps us prioritize the replacement of our infrastructure assets,” the District added.

The District gave a ‘thank you’ to contractors Bodnar Construction and Smithers Hydrovac and to three of its crew — Craig, Steve and Karl — for their work June 9.

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