Water Main Break Complicated by System’s Age and Complexity, OWASA Says

Water Main Break Complicated by System’s Age and Complexity, OWASA Says

Tammy Grubb | The News & Observer

It’s not clear why a critical Orange Water and Sewer Authority pipe broke Monday on Jones Ferry Road, but the utility’s board learned Thursday how difficult it was to stop the 9.4 million-gallon leak.

It could take about a month for an independent review of the cause and the response to the emergency, said Mary Darr, OWASA director of engineering and planning.

They are “very sorry” for the broken pipe and how it affected the community, Executive Director Ed Kerwin said during a meeting Thursday of the OWASA Board of Directors.

“While it is not possible to predict all water main breaks, we are doing and we’ll do more in the future to minimize the impact and risk of such failures,” Kerwin said…(Read the full story)

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