Water runs down Ragland Street from the leak. The boring machine is pictured in the background.
Water runs down Ragland Street from the leak. The boring machine is pictured in the background. (Casey Holder)

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.