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Water back on after North Garden line break

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City Engineer Louis Najar, at lectern, and City Manager Joe Neeb talk Thursday to the Roswell City Council about the North Garden Avenue water line repairs. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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All Roswell residents have their water service restored following a break of a water line on North Garden Avenue earlier in the week.

City Engineer Louis Najar told the Roswell City Council Thursday that only one house on East Apple Street remained at that time without water due to the breakage that occurred Tuesday morning between Eighth and 19th streets near the former Edgewood School. He said service was restored later Thursday night.

He explained to city councilors that the break occurred while contractors were beginning work on a planned project in the area.

“We were already getting ready to put line stops on both sides” of the water line when the break occurred, said Najar. “The contractor was just exposing the pipe in preparation. It was wet. They got the shovel and moved some dirt. It ripped.”

He said that, in some ways, he thought it was fortunate that the break occurred while contractors and parts were on hand to deal with the situation.

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At one point, about 12 customers were without water in the area of the break, and water pressure throughout the city, with the exception of the Roswell International Air Center, had the potential to be decreased significantly as a result. City Councilor Barry Foster and school district officials said that Berrendo Elementary School and Military Heights Elementary School had to close Wednesday as a result, but reopened thereafter.

“We’ve had main breaks as a result of this main break,” Najar added, explaining that crews were working to repair problems on Sunset and McGaffey avenues. “They are connected, and when you take one leg out, that’s what happens.”