Line springs leak in Indian Head
About a dozen customers were without water early Thursday morning after a ductile iron pipeline within the Indian Creek Valley Water Authority's system sprung a corrosion leak.
Kerry Witt, manager of the authority, said it was the main line along Indian Head Road between Route 711 and the Millertown area where customers were affected.
“There were maybe 10 to 15 customers — maybe as high as 20 — that had lower pressure service this morning, but we tried to minimize the issue,” he said. “The leak started about 4 or 5 this morning, but by the time we got to it and started managing the lines, it probably caused problems when people were getting cleaned up to go to work.”
Witt added that they were on top of the issue pretty fast so didn't lose much water at all, but the system is getting old, and there have been several leaks in the last few years.
“The leaks have begun to tax the system a little, so we're trying to button it up the best way we can,” he said. “We've been doing some nighttime work looking for leaks because it's much easier to check for leaks when we can have low pressure in the line.”
The authority has more than 130 lines in its system, so maintaining them and finding and fixing any potential problems before they happen can be challenging.
Shortly before 1 p.m. Witt said they were very close to having the issue corrected.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
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