A break in the main water line for the Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association early Wednesday morning required the water provider to shut off the entire system for about 15 hours Thursday.
Office Manager Liz Drabek said that water to all system users had to be turned off about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, but that the valve was turned back on about 4:20 p.m., with water expected to be restored for all customers by about 6:30 p.m.
“Because we had to completely empty out our lines, the pressure has to build back up,” said Drabek. “I’m telling all our customers to turn on their faucets and open up the lines until the water comes back.”
East Grand Plains Elementary, Mountain View Middle School and Berrendo Middle School were closed Thursday as a result, according to Drabek and social media posts.
“We probably had about 500 calls today,” she said, “but everyone has gone above and beyond. Everyone was very understanding.”
Drabek said the break occurred in the main 14-inch line, which required that all lines be drained for the safety of maintenance crews. She said the exact cause of the break is not known at this time. The problem originally occurred about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
She said that the cooperative has 1,600 meters, but the number of people affected could not be estimated.
The system provides water to properties surrounding the city of Roswell that are not hooked up to city water lines. In 2017, the water association completed a $6.4 million upgrade of its well, water tanks and water lines.
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