Water pressure drops in DeKalb CountyA dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons
This story has been updated.
There were numerous reports about low water pressure in Decatur and the surrounding communities on Thursday evening, July 23.
Water pressure came back on for some residents by 1:05 a.m. on July 24.
According to the DeKalb County twitter feed, a mower hit a fire hydrant on a 48 inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road. The county said full water pressure was restored by 3:30 a.m., but work on the problem continues. There are no boil water advisories in effect, but the county is conducting testing to see if that will be necessary.
The county’s updates came in the early morning hours of July 24. During the incident, there was little information about what had happened.
Fox 5 Atlanta reported that a water main broke at Henderson Mill Road by Northlake Mall. Some readers also reported a water main break at Henderson Mill and LaVista Roads. Readers circulated a WSB-TV photo gallery showing a water main break flooding a neighborhood in DeKalb County, but there’s no date on the slideshow (one of our readers said it’s from an incident in 2012) and no information on whether that was the cause of the issue. Attempts to reach county officials on July 23 were unsuccessful. The 24 hour emergency line at the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management was busy Thursday evening.
Water pressure was reported to be low or non-existent on numerous streets throughout the Decatur area. There were also reports of low pressure in Avondale Estates, Stone Mountain, Clarkston and Scottdale.
This story will be updated with more information when it becomes available.