Old valve cause of water main break

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Clayton Stairs/South Strand News It took five hours for the City of Georgetown Water Utilities department to repair the water main break July 8.

The water main break that caused the Georgetown boilwater advisory July 8 and 9, was due to a broken valve.

According to Will Cook, City of Georgetown Water Utilities manager, a team was working on an excavation near a corroded valve when the valve gave way.

“Whenever you have a valve lose pressure like that, you have the possibility of entering contamination into the system,” Cook said, which is why the boil water advisory was put into place.

He said the majority of the pressure loss was experienced by city water system customers north of the Sampit River Bridge.

The water main break took five hours to repair.

The department took a water sample at 8:30 p.m. July 8 and waited the required 24 hours for the analysis. At 9 p.m. on July 9 the city informed the public there was no contamination and the boil water advisory was lifted.

“We didn’t have anything, it was completely clean,” Cook said.

The city water service encompasses the entire city limits, he said, plus the Belle Isle community.

Cook said he was happy with the way the situation was handled.

“We do have an emergency plan and that’s what we followed, along with discussing it with DHEC (the Department of Health and Environmental Control).”


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