Atlanta changes water main fix protocol

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

Channel 2’s Erica Byfield visited a storage yard filled with rows of pipes of various size that crews can use to replace broken pipes.

ATLANTA - Atlanta's Watershed Management Department has a new strategy for responding to water main breaks.
 

The city previously sent various people to perform unique jobs, but now, each person who responds can fix the broken pipe and repair the road. The city said the change has drastically reduced repair times.  For example, a repair that would have taken 15 to 20 hours can now be completed in eight hours.
 
On Thursday, Channel 2’s Erica Byfield visited a storage yard filled with rows of pipes of various sizes that crews can use to replace broken pipes.
 
A representative for the department told Byfield that typically, the pipes break when the weather fluctuates.

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