Repairs Complete On Clifton Ave. Water Main Break

Posted at 12:24 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 17:22:37-04

Crews working to install a Google Fiber line, caused a major water main break in Nashville that not only flooded streets, but home basements near by.

Authorities said the break was “significant” and was part of a major 36-inch line. Metro Water Services officials said caused by a contractor working for Google Fiber.

The incident began around 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Clifton Avenue, which was closed between 26th Avenue North and 27th Avenue North.

Authorities said the break had the potential to affect a widespread area, mainly the Bull Run and Bordeaux areas, which could result in low water pressure and possible outages.

Officials said Thursday evening a large section of the main would need to be replaced. That was being done through an emergency contract "due to the size and criticality of the main."

On Friday afternoon, authorities confirmed the repair was complete. Crews worked to sample the main and place it back in service. They also confirmed no customers went without water during the repair service.

Those on scene Thursday said water could be seen flooding the streets in several directions. Drivers have been asked to avoid that area.

The break was mostly isolated before repairs began. Garney Construction, a contractor for MWS, worked through the night to make repairs.

The water system has been stabilized as best as possible and the Omohundro and K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plants have increased discharge pressure in an attempt to maintain water service to the entire MWS service area.