For the second time in a week, a major water main break has forced the closure of Moore's Mill Road at Peachtree Creek in northwest Atlanta.
"We've got engineers right now who are trying to figure out how best to solve the problem," Atlanta Watershed Management spokeswoman Janet Ward said.
According to Ward, city engineers repaired the broken main on one side of the Peachtree Creek Bridge last week, allowing Moore's Mill Road to reopen to traffic. But Ward said once the city increased the water pressure on the 1950s-era 30-inch water main, a gasket blew on the opposite side of the same bridge. That forced the city to close Moore's Mill Road to traffic once again.
"It's been really annoying," neighborhood resident Katie Peszko said. "I have to go an extra four miles just to get to my house."
Ward also sent out emails cautioning nearby residents to take it easy on water consumption in order to maintain good pressure through the lines.
"What we need people to do is not water their lawns, not use water unnecessarily just to keep the pressure up," Ward said.
Neighborhood resident Laura Sherman got one of the emails.
"(It said) please limit your water consumption because if we all use water too much then with them fixing the system, it could affect the pressure and then we'll go into a boil water status," Sherman said.
Ward couldn't say when the main will be fixed or when Moore's Mill Road would be reopened, but one electronic sign near the bridge advised drivers the road could be closed for two days. http://bcove.me/jjtehmdl