UPDATE: Water pressure drop creates concerns about Slide the City event in Decatur
UPDATE: On Saturday, morning, July 25, the city confirmed that Slide the City is still happening. For more details, click here.
There’s never a good time for a water main break, but the timing of the one in DeKalb County might be especially bad for Decatur.
Crews working for DeKalb County are fixing a water main break that occurred at Henderson Mill and Evans roads. The break occurred Thursday evening, July 23, and pressure dropped throughout DeKalb. Pressure has been spotty Friday afternoon.
The city is keeping a close watch on the situation to see if it will affect plans for a water-dependent event on Saturday, July 25. There are about 3,600 ticket holders for the Slide the City event, which will transform W. Ponce de Leon Avenue into a 1,000 foot water slide.
So what happens if the issue isn’t resolved by Saturday?
City of Decatur spokesperson Casie Yoder said no decisions have been made yet.
“This is a rapidly changing situation,” Yoder said. “No exact decisions have been made at this time.”
A little after 4 p.m., the county released the following information about the water main break …
Work Continues on Water Main Break
Pressure restored, another drop in pressure expected at midnight
DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County continues work on a 48-inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road, after the hydrant was damaged by a mowing crew working in the area.
Pressure was reduced overnight to gain control of the flow of water. Pressure was restored to the system at 3:30 a.m., however the leak is still present.
Some DeKalb water customers may have experienced a short interruption in water pressure this afternoon while a valve in the line was closed to stop the current breach. Water crews are now restoring water pressure through the afternoon, and will continue work on the line at midnight tonight, to reduce impact on businesses and residents. At that time, crews will insert a new valve in the fire line to stop the leak, and an interruption in water pressure will occur.
The 48-inch transmission main is approximately 20 feet underground in an area with gas, power and other utilities present. These obstacles require substantial coordination and care.
No boil water advisory is indicated at this time. The system will continue to have additional testing to assure the water supply remains safe. (read more in the attached release)
The county posted this image on Twitter …
— DeKalb County, GA (@ItsInDeKalb) July 24, 2015
Stay tuned …