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August 14th, 2008
Water utility crews locate water main break near Luciano Flores Street

From the city of San Marcos

San Marcos water utility crews isolated a break in a 12-inch water main  about 9:45 p.m. on the east frontage road of Interstate 35 about a quarter mile north of Luciano Flores Street that caused widespread water outages across the city on Wednesday.

The main feed along the frontage road caused pressure to drop and water loss in the Sunset Acres, Texas 123, Wallace Addition, Wonder World Drive areas on both sides of I-35, putting an estimated 5,000 homes and businesses out of water. They were notified by telephone through the city’s emergency notification system.

“The leak was difficult to find because it occurred near Willow Creek where the discharge of water was difficult to see,” said Assistant City Manager Laurie Anderson. “As the leak was isolated, it allowed pressures to rise and water service in the system to resume. All of our customers should now have water.”

Residents are asked to conserve water until the line can be repaired on Thursday, avoiding outdoor watering and limiting indoor use to what is necessary.

A boil water notice will be issued based upon the area affected by the outage. However, any residents experiencing low water pressure are encouraged to boil water as a precaution.

Water utility crews also discovered problems in a 30-inch transmission main where closed valves may be blocking the flow to the southeast section of the City. Crews are addressing that issue as well, Anderson said.

About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mayor Susan Narvaiz issued a state of emergency and a request to Governor Rick Perry for assistance after the water main break left at least a quarter of the community without water. The letter asked for help with emergency information and directives to require immediate conservation of water resources.
San Marcos residents have been asked to stop immediately any unnecessary water use, including outdoor watering, dish washers, and clothes washers.

Residents may get information from Time Warner Channel 10, Grande Channel 16, the city information recording at 393-8488 or the city’s Web site:

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