Metro to affected residents: Stop irrigation now

Metro to affected residents: Stop irrigation now (Image 1)

Customers in areas affected by Wednesday’s massive water main break are being urged to stop using irrigation systems immediately.

A spokesperson for Metro Water Services said the water system, with the use of temporary pumps, began recovering overnight. However, irrigation use Friday morning caused pressure to once again drop.

A third temporary pump has been added to aid with the problem.

Sonia Harvat said crews will be in the affected areas and will shut off irrigation if necessary.

News 2’s Jerry Barlar traveled through several neighborhoods in Green Hills, one of the areas affected after the 30-inch pipe burst Wednesday, but failed to find anyone running their sprinkler system.

A permanent fix on the water main, located behind the Home Deport off Thompson Lane, will take several days.

An exact timetable or how much it will cost to repair is not known. Some areas, including the Northumberland neighborhood, are still without water.

Steve Hupka, 93, lives on Beacon Drive in Green Hills. He hasn’t had any water since Wednesday morning. He said he has been driving to his son’s home in Charlotte Park to shower and shave.

“It’s very inconvenient because it disrupts my day. I got to change my schedule, everything I do,” he said.

News 2 was there when Metro Water Services employees dropped off cases of water.

“Everybody wants to take care of me because I’m an old man but I’m not an old man I’m still going strong,” he said. He also said he appreciates the help and can’t wait for things to get back to normal.

Two water distribution centers were set up at Crieve Hall Elementary School and Hillsboro High School. They close at 10 p.m. Friday night and will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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