Water Main Breaks Close Schools, Businesses in Big Spring 9/12/13
CBS 7 News
September 12, 2013
BIG SPRING-Schools are closed after two main water line breaks as the city struggles to keep up with the problems.
One break is on Baylor Street, another on 10th, leaving parts of the city without water.
"You can expect no pressure, low pressure and in some cases normal pressure,” said Big Spring Environmental Service Assistant Director Johnny Womack.
The city says aging water infrastructure could be to blame.
"We are in the process of digging them up and getting ready to repair them and find out exactly what caused it," Womack said.
All Big Spring ISD schools and Howard college closed early. The high school was so close to the break that hallways were empty all day.
"It's nothing like a snow day, but it feels pretty good to have a day off from school,” said Big Spring High Junior Nick Sotelo.
This is the first main line break in 6 months but leaks have left residents without water many times since.
"The city needs to go out and check more of their lines,” said one Big Spring resident.
A $1.3 million dollar infrastructure upgrade is in the works.
"Those improvements will help eliminate these issues,” said Womack.
But for now, the short-staffed city crew digs to find the problem.
"From city workers to code enforcement, anybody who can fix a water line is out there helping," said Womack.
The city tells us they are still working to find the cause and it could be anywhere from a few hours to a day to fix.