2 water mains rupture in south Nashville, Hermitage

Lebanon Road water break
The second break occurred about 6 miles away on Lebanon Road.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two water main breaks kept Metro Water Services crews busy on Wednesday after they ruptured hours apart.

The first main, a 60-inch line, ruptured around 2 a.m. at the corner of Elm Hill and McGavock pikes near the Nashville International Airport, sending water rushing into the street.

Thousands of customers in Donelson, Berry Hill, Nipper’s Corner, Antioch and other nearby neighborhoods were affected with low water pressure or no water service at all.

South Nashville water main break
A 60-inch water main ruptured at the corner of Elm Hill Pike and McGavock Pike in south Nashville. (Jan. 21, 2015)

PHOTOS: 2 water main breaks in Nashville

The second break was reported around 10:30 a.m. on Lebanon Road at Belinda Drive in Hermitage, about six miles from the south Nashville intersection.

It is unclear if the two incidents are related.

Following the first incident, crews were able to isolate the break and reroute the water. Water has since been restored to all customers.

By Wednesday afternoon, Metro Water Services was in the process of getting emergency bids to repair two large holes left behind from the extensive water main break.

Lebanon Road water main break
The second break occurred about 6 miles away on Lebanon Road.

Two schools, New Vision Academy on Plus Park Boulevard and Una Baptist Child Care on Old Murfreesboro Pike, were closed Wednesday due to the water outage and Ezell Harding Christian School on Bell Road in Antioch dismissed early.

The Bridgestone America headquarters on Marriott Drive was also without water and closed for the day on Wednesday.

The popular Sam and Zoe’s Cafe was among those businesses affected by the water main breaks. The cafe opened two hours late with dozens of people waiting in line.

As a precaution, tanker trucks hauling water were sent to fire stations at Nipper’s Corner and to Southern Hills Medical Center.

A 1,500-gallon tanker from Cheatham County also delivered water to the hospital although a firefighter on the scene told News 2 the water from a hydrant near the hospital was okay.

News 2 spoke with Sonia Allman, the manager of strategic communications for Metro Water Services Wednesday. She said although some of Metro’s water lines have been in the ground for 100 years, they are performing well every day.

She went on to explain that extreme weather conditions can lead to water main breaks.

On Friday, Metro Water Services said the rupture in the 60-inch pipe line was temporarily back filled and paved. McGavock Pike between Elm Hill Pike and Lakeland Drive was also reopened.

Construction on the line is expected to start at the end of January. It should be completed by mid-March.

Some residents in the area may have water with a cloudy or milky appearance. Officials said the water is safe to drink and will clear if it stands for a minute or so.

Customers experiencing cloudy water or discoloration should contact 615-862-4600 and a crew will be dispatched to flush the lines.


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