Bay City water main break resolved
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:49:57 GMT —
Ken Spiker says he is glad the taps are back open.
"I'm glad, now I can take a shower" says Ken.
"I thought we were going to be without water for a few days" he says.
According to Bay County officials, the problem is a 24 inch water main below the intersection of Trumbull and Water Street along the Saginaw River.
The pipe hemorrhaging water since Saturday Morning at a rate of 5 million gallons of water every 12 hours.
"We were able to determine that there was a major leak somewhere in the county that was causing the major usage" says Ryan Manz, Emergency Management Coordinator for Bay County.
Workers from the county, police and fire departments, and Consumers Energy worked round the clock.
"It actually was discovered by a business owner on their property" says Ryan.
Now the break is being fixed, county officials say they can focus on prevention.
"We're actually going to have to dig the water main up and more than likely cut and cap it here so we can solve the problem" says Terry Kilburn with Bay City Water and Sewer.
And Bay City will be using $1.2-million to repair sewers next year in an attempt to halt future breaks and problems.
"We are replacing water mains as we go along, but long term strategy you know comes down to money" says Terry.
And Ken says that's ok with him.
"We don't want this to happen again" says Ken.