Water, Water Everywhere in Big Spring

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

This leak actually happened at 1:30 Thursday morning, and the city decided, it would be better to allow the school children to attend a half day of classes on Friday, and then let them out early for the weekend.

That way when they did shut off the water, it wouldn't affect them Friday afternoon.

It was a bit messy in the downtown area on Friday.

The city had to close off a few areas, so the public works crew could get down to business.

This line is an 18 inch line, which is a major water main, and officials believe corrosion is to blame.

Besides the Jr. High, Assistant City Manager Todd Darden tells NewsWest Nine that almost a dozen homes are also without water during this extended repair.

"Whatever hole that is there, whatever corrosion that's occured can get worse once your remove the excavation.  So, we didn't want to do anything until we got the School District out of the building and all the kids gone for the weekend before we commence repairs.  We have about 10 houses that will be effected as a result besides the Junior High," Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, said.

The area affected is from the 300 to 900 block of Owen.

Meantime, city officials hope they won't find any additional problems once they get to that main leak.

So, if all goes well, the families in those affected homes should have their water back on by this time on Saturday.