Mayor Barry White observes the progress of the work repairing the broken water line at sunset Friday. The broken water line, one of only two feeding the
Mayor Barry White observes the progress of the work repairing the broken water line at sunset Friday. The broken water line, one of only two feeding the city, require emergency stage 5 water restrictions through much of the weekend. (David Casteel)
The tie-in to the 14-inch water line that splits from the main line delivering water from the treatment plant has been made.

Graham Public Works Director David Casteel reported that the stage 5 water restrictions have been lifted as of 1 p.m. today, Wedensday, Aug. 28.

He added that one more item of work remains to be performed on this line that will result in a reduction of available water. But that work will be planned for cooler weather when demand is not as high and thus should not require any restrictions at that time. 

Barring unforeseen issues, the city of Graham is returning to stage 1 restrictions which consist of voluntary twice per week lawn watering schedules.
City Inspector Jason Cottongame and Utility Crew Leader Joe Todd grab a well-deserved quick slice of pizza that was delivered to the work site as concrete
City Inspector Jason Cottongame and Utility Crew Leader Joe Todd grab a well-deserved quick slice of pizza that was delivered to the work site as concrete cured on thrust blocks Friday night. City crews and contractors worked until the early morning hours Saturday to remedy the line break. (David Casteel)
 

Casteel said city officials thank water customers for their assistance in this process. 

"A 50 percent reduction in use was achieved and a more serious situation was averted thanks to you," he said.