Texas State Utilities Inc., a contractor hired to replace ageing gas lines in town, struck another water line at approximately 3:35 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
According to Utility Superintendent Randall Dawson, the line was not marked on a map used by the city to to denote where utility lines run underground.
This is the fourth line break caused by TSU in the last month. The contractor hit a sewer line running to a residence on Virginia Street, the same fresh-water line in two different places on Echo street and now this line on Ragland Street.
The leak netted approximately 12,000-15,000 gallons of fresh water lost down Ragland and Old Jacksboro streets before city utility crews were able to shut off the leak at approximately 3:55 p.m., but repair of the leaking line was ongoing as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
TSU has been hired by the city’s gas utility provider Texas Gas Service to bore holes and replace gas lines in town. A TSU crew was boring north up Ragland street near its intersection with Monroe and struck a 6-inch waterline, said Randall Dawson, Utility Superintendent for Graham.
TSU management on-site refused to comment and release any names of individuals involved.
This story will be updated for Saturday's Graham Leader.