San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

January 20th, 2009
City: Contractor punctured water main


City staff says a contractor hit a water main while making a bore under Hopkins Street Monday, breaking the main and starting a gusher that shot water and debris 50 feet in the air for three hours at the intersection of Hopkins and C.M. Allen Parkway.

A construction crew was attempting to install conduit for traffic signals at the intersection when the contractor punctured the 12-inch main.

City workers on the scene elected to let the geyser flow, rather than cut off water throughout the city. The city said the line broke at 2:30 p.m. The water was contained at 5:30 p.m. However, it took about 10 hours before crews from the city and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) finished the repairs.

The city said only two customers were without water during the incident, and neither missed it. The former Mr. Gatti’s building on Hopkins Street is currently vacant, while the Charles S. Cock House wasn’t open.

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