Public Works Director David Casteel reports that a 14-inch water line broke at 4 a.m. this morning under Highway 67 near Fifth Street.
The broken line is one of two lines feeding the city from a single 24-inch line to the city from the water plant. Flow is currently reduced to one 10 inch line for the City.
Casteel said the fire department has been notified and they are notifying the hospital and other institutions. Ft. Belknap Water Supply has also been notified.
TxDOT and City Police are assisting with traffic control near the break.
Update at 10 a.m. Friday:
TxDOT and city forces have traffic control in place reducing Highway 67 to one westbound only from FM 61 to Fourth Street in Graham. Northbound traffic along Highway 67 is being diverted to Fourth Street. City crews have closed Fifth Street at Pecan and at Highway 67. Access to Firemen's Park is limited and discouraged.
Repair contractors are mobilized from the Metroplex and parts are being delivered from Abilene to attempt to place a new line through the broken 14” cast iron pipe beneath Highway 67 near Fifth Street.
City crews are uncovering the cast iron pipe on both sides of Highway 67 in preparation for the new line insert.
Currently and until further notice, there is only one 10” line available to supply water to Graham and wholesale customers such as Ft. Belknap, Graham East, Newcastle and Bryson. Flow has been reduced by 50 percent to the city due to the breakage.
The city is enacting STAGE 5 EMERGENCY WATER USE RESTRICTIONS.
No outside watering except through hand held hose. Bulk water sales at the racks on Highway 16 are discontinued. Car washes are requested to reduce use.
City officials are patrolling for unauthorized use and requesting citizens and business to abide by restrictions.
It is anticipated that this condition could last through the day and into the weekend. More definitive time tables will be developed as details are known.