Southside water line breaks again; more breaks possible

10:00 am | September 27, 2013

Just days after crews repaired one major break in a water line on Southside Road, the pipe broke at a different place Thursday afternoon.

Photo by Brandon HicksElizabethton Water Department crews work to repair a line break on Southside Road. This is the second time the line broke in a week.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Elizabethton Water Department crews work to repair a line break on Southside Road. This is the second time the line broke in a week.

Elizabethton Water Department crews repaired a break in the eight-inch water line in the 1800 block of Southside Road on Monday. Thursday’s new break occurred in the 1700 block.

Director of Utilities Johann Coetzee said that because the water line was not properly installed in the first place, more breaks could occur as long as crews are working on the line.

“We don’t know where pressure points on the line are,” Coetzee said. “There is nothing we can do to avoid this.”

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