DeKalb Commissioners will hear report on water main break

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 2, 2015
Photo obtained via DeKalb County's Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

Photo obtained via DeKalb County’s Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

The DeKalb County Commission will receive a briefing this Tuesday, Aug. 4, about a July 23 water main break that disrupted water service for thousands of county residents.

Commissioners are expected to hear an “Emergency Response Report” about the incident, according to the meeting agenda. County spokesperson Burke Brennan said there will be a document pertaining to the incident, but said it has not been completed. Brennan said the document will be made available when it is finished.

The commission meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will be held at Maloof Auditorium located at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. All meetings are open to the public.

It’s still not clear how a mower hitting a fire hydrant on a 48 inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans roads created so much chaos. Many residents in Decatur, Avondale Estates, Tucker and Stone Mountain had drastically low or no pressure for three days.

Businesses throughout the county suffered as a result of the water pressure and quality issues, which began on July 23 and weren’t resolved until July 27 when a boil water advisory was finally lifted. Some businesses had to close early and limit their menus because of the inability to guarantee clean water for consumption and washing dishes. The exact losses suffered by local businesses aren’t known at this time.

The city of Decatur also had to shut down the Slide the City event, a fundraiser for the Decatur Business Association that sold 3,600 tickets to ride a giant water slide down West Ponce de Leon. There’s no word on if the event will be rescheduled or if ticket holders will receive refunds.

County commissioners pledged to investigate what went wrong. A contractor working for the county to resolve the issue told Decaturish that workers for the county had difficulty locating a shut off valve for the hydrant.

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  • Eva Shaw

    Why would a fire hydrant be positioned on top of a 48 inch water supply line? That intersection is devoid of structures “except” for a utilities tower.

    • RAJ

      Back in the day……(as they say)….it was a common installation in “rural” areas of the county, so we still have about 50 of these around the county but the good news is that it will probably be about another 100 years before a mower hits a hydrant again considering the County’s mowing schedule! The better news is that at a cost of $1.3B(Soon to be $1.7B)all these offending hydrants are going to be upgraded at our expense. This Info came directly from the top of the watershed so you don’t have to wait till Tue to listen to all the BS. I’m working 24/7 for you!

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