Big Spring Making Progress on Water Line Breaks

by Mike Henry
KBYG - Special to NewsWest9

BIG SPRING - While nowhere near resolved, Big Spring City Manager Gary Fuqua reported to the city council Tuesday that there is at least "light at the end of the tunnel" when it comes to the city's almost overwhelming difficulties with bursting water lines.

Fuqua told council that in contrast to dozens of lines per week breaking, just six line breaks occurred this past week.

The city manager said that overtime had been authorized for utility crews to make repairs and to fill as many work-related holes as possible. The city has had a consistent water line replacement program in place for several years, but the aging system has really been challenging city resources this year.

Water line breaks are usually a problem in the colder months, so with winter on the way, the city could face even more challenges.

The city manager told council that his staff "continues to work diligently" to address the problem.