Water Back On For Parts of Howard County

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

HOWARD CO. - Thousands of people in Howard County finally saw water coming out of their taps on Wednesday. It took more than 12 hours to get that water flowing after a big water main break.

Big Spring city crews worked Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday morning to fix a 20 inch transmission line in the 800 block of Baylor Blvd. It started as a small leak, but turned into a big section blowing off, pouring water onto the streets.

Early Wednesday, crews had the pipe fixed, and water restored to the five to six thousand county residents. Those who went without water include residents in east Big Spring and Sand Springs. One resident on Baylor said she noticed the leak Monday, and watched the repair work right in front of her house.

"[Workers] came and checked it out," Joy Glaser explained. "And dug a little bit, and then all of a sudden, it was a gusher. I thought, oh, everybody needs some water, it's going to be off for two or three days. It was really coming out. They got right to it though and worked all last night, and up until about 8:30 this morning."

Joy Glaser told NewsWest 9 she was lucky she had bottled water handy, but it was an inconveinience not being able to run water. City crews think a defect in the pipe lead to the big leak. The assistant city manager said if your lost water, it's a good idea to run the tap water, to flush out dirt or air that could still be pipes.