The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


January 24, 2014

Water break creates few problems

TARBORO — A busted water pipe is the brunt of a little confusion at the intersection of Wilson Street and Albermarle Avenue. On Tuesday, four bright yellow fluorescent cones marked off the far right south bound lane while a Tarboro Public Works  team worked to repair busted pipes on the grounds of the town's water plant.

The construction has not caused any traffic problems and Town Manager Alan Thornton reported, no operational issues concerning the plant.

 "It has not interfered with the delivery of services as for as water quality or anything else to our customers, and we don't anticpate it doing so," Thornton said.

He expects the repairs to be competed today.

One of the coldest days in Tarboro's history, (Jan. 14) caused the water pipe to bust. Temperatures were recorded in the mid teens. Employees noticed water coming from the ground and immediately began working on plans to repair them. The proximity of the pipe to the water plant building, coupled with cold weather, hindered and expedient repair.

"We didn't lose a significant amount of water when you compare it to a six million gallon a day water plant," Thornton said. "We didn't have a geyser shooting out of the plant flooding Albermarle Avenue. It was something that was noticeable by the guys who work at the water treatment plant. We're on it we found it and we're fixing it."

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