DeKalb County reports two water main breaks

Posted by Dena Mellick August 11, 2015
Photo from July hydrant break obtained via DeKalb County's Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

Photo from July hydrant break obtained via DeKalb County’s Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

DeKalb County reported two separate water main breaks Tuesday afternoon.

On Twitter, the county said there was a water main break on Panola at Hillandale, and another one in North Druid Hills/Brookhaven at Thornwell.

DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan told Decaturish, “North Druid Hills happened later in the day, and this fix is complicated by a nearby 12” pipe, which needed to be depressurized to fix the 6” line. I do not have a timetable for NDH yet.”

He also said, “We are expecting Panola to be back to normal around 4 p.m.”

Decaturish asked if Brennan knew the cause. He said, “Most of the time the cause is old age. Both are relatively small lines (6”).”

Just last week, DeKalb County employees were on the hotseat at a county commission meeting, answering for the fire hydrant break that left people and businesses with low or no water pressure over a five-day period in July. Employees admitted during that meeting that communication was lacking. As Decaturish previously reported, emails obtained showed a disagreement between the County Department of Watershed Management and the contractor brought in to fix the hydrant joint. 

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