Published Thursday, February 14, 2013

Water problem along Bullsboro Drive repaired after wreck

By ALEX MCRAE

alex@newnan.com

Water pressure for many businesses along Newnan’s Bullsboro Drive and into the Ashley Park lifestyle center – including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital – was reduced Wednesday morning after a vehicle hit a water valve.

Newnan Utilities crews worked Wednesday to repair damage to a 20-inch water line serving the area, according to Dennis McEntire, general manager of Newnan Utilities.

“It was a problem for a while, but our people worked hard to get things running and by 2:30 (p.m. Wednesday) all our customers were back in service,” McEntire said.

The problem began Tuesday evening when am eastbound vehicle ran off Bullsboro Drive near the shopping center where El Ranchero restaurant is located, McEntire said. The vehicle ran down an embankment and struck a valve box, cracking a connection and starting a small leak.

Newnan Utilities crews were aware of the problem Tuesday evening but waited until Wednesday morning to begin repairs in order to assure better visibility and allow time for Atlanta Gas to locate their lines in the affected area, according to McEntire.

The affected section of pipe extended to the Chik-fil-A restaurant at Newnan Crossing Bypass, where Newnan Utilities water passes through a meter that serves the Coweta County water system.

While repairs were being done, motorists passing by the location where the damage occurred occasionally were treated to spectacular fountains of water shooting dozens of feet into the air.

McEntire said water pressure never was completely lost in the affected area, but low pressure affected operations of some customers and those at higher elevations may not have had enough pressure to provide adequate service.

“It was an inconvenience to our customers, but we thank them for their patience and cooperation,” McEntire said. “Our crews were out there all day in mud up to their knees to get this taken care of and I want to thank them for their hard work, too.”

McEntire said whenever water pressure drops in a line, discolored water will result. He said affected customers might expect to see discolored water for the next 24 hours or so, but that the water is safe to drink.

No boil water alert was ever issued since the integrity of the water line was not compromised and no contaminants entered the lines, McEntire said.

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