FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – For hours this morning a major water leak in Tarrant County had officials asking thousands of residents to reduce their water usage.
It took some time to locate, but the leak was found near Interstate-30 and Eastchase Parkway. Fort Worth Water Department spokesperson Mary Gugliuzza said the leak was between a shopping center parking lot and the freeway.
Once the leak was located Gugliuzza said crews got busy. “Now we’re working to isolate it, and once we get that done people should see their pressure come back up,” she said. “We’ve increased pumping while we’ve been locating it. The wet conditions and the darkness did not help us.”
Initially water customers in the area of Loop 820 to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport were asked to cut back on their water usage, but as of 10 a.m. things should be back to normal. Gugliuzza said, “Everybody should pretty much be back up. We’re getting good pressure readings at different points in the system. There are probably some smaller valves that also have to be isolated, but we have seen pressures return to normal in most of the system.”
CBS 11 News began receiving calls and emails around 3 a.m. Residents in a wide area on the east side of Fort Worth were reporting they either had no water or very low water pressure. A number of residents complained about water issues near State Highway 360 and Trinity Boulevard.
The leak was located just before 8 a.m. Gugliuzza said the large size of the line means repairs will probably run into Tuesday.
“They’re still working to isolate it. It’s a 36-inch line and so you’re talking about at least two valves that have to be… at least to 36-inch valves that have to be closed. Each of those valves takes hundreds of revolutions to close.”
In addition to the mechanics of the repairs, Gugliuzza said the location of the break is in a precarious area. “This break is somewhat in the trees, so I don’t know how that will impact the repair. It might even be in a culvert and with more rain coming that could have an impact on the repair as well.”
Water department officials are still asking customers to call 817-392-4477 if they spot any other water main breaks.
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