Water restored to Midland homes following water main break

Water restored to Midland homes following water main break
Photo of the water main break shooting water into the air (Source: City of Midland)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Frustrating moments for at least 100 Midland homeowners on Wednesday after a couple of water main breaks. Water is flowing again, after being shut off for six hours.

Crews reopened the block of Greenbriar Drive and Wadley Ave. just after 10 p.m. and repairs aren't completely finished yet.

"It was actually a 16 inch line, that's a pretty big line for us and it affected about 100 homes," said Sara Bustilloz, with the City of Midland. "So that was our first priority, to get that St. Andrew's line clamped and get water back to those homes."

That line was fixed and crews started working on a second water main break on Greenbriar Drive and Wadley Ave. The city said this break, only affected one local business.

"There are a lot of different factors that play into it," said Bustilloz. "Temperatures, soil and how coercive it is, how much build up is there in the line itself. There are a lot of different things that play into the weakening of the lines."

We were able to talk to some neighbors, they didn't want to be on-camera but some said the water outage lasted about an hour or two at their homes. Others tell us it was hard to get work done without running water.

The City of Midland said water was restored as soon as a clamp was put on the 2 inch diameter hole in the pipe, fixing the problem.

"Our crews work really hard to isolate the lines and get that water back into the homes as soon as possible. This is what they do day in and day out," said Bustilloz.

The City of Midland said it's hard to know when these breaks are going to happen and do not know when the main water break off Greenbriar Drive and Wadley Ave. will be restored.

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