Bridgeport water issues evaporating

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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The boil-water notice in the city of Bridgeport has been lifted, but the city is still in conservation mode after a water main broke twice in 32 hours last week, limiting the city’s water supply over the weekend and through the first part of this week.

A major leak near the water treatment plant Thursday morning left the city without water for almost 18 hours. It was repaired and water service was restored early Friday morning.

But the repair failed and a second leak was reported around 4:30 p.m. Friday, leaving the city without water again. Crews worked overnight and made the necessary repairs by 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman said the cause of the first break is believed to be slippage of a 90-degree elbow joint used to connect two pipes.

“We think the ground shifted,” she said. “It’s a sandy area.”

The large amount of water that drained after the first break saturated the ground and caused the second leak.

“It slipped again,” she said.

The second time, crews added a “significant amount of concrete” around the 90-degree pipe fitting to keep it from shifting. As of Tuesday afternoon, that fix seemed to work, but water towers had not yet reached capacity.

“We are conserving water until we do so,” Fogelman said.

City officials asked customers to avoid any activities that use large amounts of water and especially limit usage during peak times – before and after work/school and during lunchtime.

“The community has done a great job conserving water and being patient,” Fogelman said. “We greatly appreciate that.”

After water service was restored the first time, residents were under an order to boil water, as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). That notice was lifted Tuesday afternoon.

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