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Water Main Break in Big Spring Leaves Over Half the City With No Water, City Issues Boil Water Notice

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By: Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

UPDATE: City of Big Spring officials tell KBYG News that most water customers affected by the water main break Tuesday should...this (Wed) morning have some form of water pressure. The city lost about 2 million gallons of water storage yesterday and it is taking time to fill up those tanks and in turn recharge all of the water lines.


BIG SPRING - The cold weather is wreaking havoc on water pipes in Big Spring. A water main busted early Tuesday morning, spilling out nearly two million gallons of water. About 60 percent of Big Spring woke up to low or no water at all.

The city tells NewsWest 9, the pipe was a major transition line that supplies water to a good portion of the city.  

All day, crews have been working on the break which occurred at 17th and Virginia Street which is on the city's south east side. Big Spring resident, Sarah Blaskey, thought at first the issue was with her own water pipes.

"With the 14-degree weather we had here, could have been our pipes that were frozen up. I called the city and they said no it was a pipe that was broken up here on Virginia and that they were working on it," Blaskey said.

Blaskey was a little more relieved when she found out it wasn't her pipes but the whole city having the issue.

After talking with Public Works Director, Johnny Womack, he said that they had to dig pretty deep into the ground to make the repairs.

Once the repairs are made then it takes more time to restore the right amount of pressure.

On Tuesday night, the city said that the repairs are in the last leg of being made and they hope to have everything working soon.

Tuesdays repairs were difficult because of the extreme cold conditions which made it tough and with temperatures not past freezing, all that standing water will turn to ice.

Blaskey is very concerned about that for the morning commute.

"They've run some mud and they've run some sand but that water flows across there and then it ices up, people go through that red light and it's caused problems," Blaskey said. 

The major focus of the water main break was in the Kentwood district. By Wednesday morning, they hope Tuesdays issue was a nightmare they can wake up from. Public Works Director, Johnny Womack, warns all Big Spring residents that only water consumed (drinking water) needs to be boiled until further notice.