Major water main break sends water gushing into street, snarls traffic

Major water main break sends water gushing into street, snarls traffic

ROSWELL, Ga. — A major water main break collapsed a Buckhead road and snarled traffic Saturday

Channel 2's Tom Regan was on Roswell Road, where water spilled into a busy intersection.

Crews were able to find the leak and cap it, but not before the pavement cracked.

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Water main breaks have gotten worse in recent years in Atlanta because many pipes are close to 100 years old.

A recent audit said leaking pipes waste nearly 10 billion gallons of water every year, about 30% of the city's annual water production.

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Many people say that is way too much waste.

"It's a gusher," Chris Laird said. "It looked like a small fountain of water there for a little while. I'm glad they got it shut off and didn't waste more water."

Water waste is a key reason people in Atlanta pay the second-highest water rates in the country.

The city is working to upgrade leaking pipes, but it's a slow process because of lack of funding.