3 Ball Ground water pipes break, repaired same day
by Michelle Babcock
January 07, 2014 11:56 PM | 1066 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BALL GROUND —About 40 residents in Ball Ground lost water service Monday when a water main broke on Cartersville Street near the intersection with Ridgecrest Drive, but officials said service was restored just before 6 p.m. the same day.

Karen Jordan, Ball Ground city clerk, said the water main break caused outages for city water customers who live on Howell Bridge Road, Old Howell Bridge Road, North Sharp Mountain Church Lane, Hendrix Lane, Cartersville Street, Covington Drive and Harris Court.

City Manager Eric Wilmarth was on site Monday afternoon, and said crews dug up the water main and were drained the water from the hole. All roads remained open and cars were able to pass, he said.

Despite very cold temperatures in the area Monday, Wilmarth said the problem was not caused by the weather.

“It’s a deep line, it’s about 5 feet deep, so it didn’t freeze,” he said.

The water that leaked from the broken main was diverted away from roads and down an embankment, Wilmarth said, so there was no problem with ice on the road as temperatures remained below freezing.

In a case of what Wilmarth called “really bad timing,” two other water pipes broke earlier in the day Monday.

“This is our third one of the day,” he said, on site at the third water main break Monday. “It’s a little chilly.”

Wilmarth said the two smaller breaks from earlier Monday were fixed, and icy patches on roadways had been treated and cleaned up.

“The calcium-chloride dried the road out pretty well,” he said.

Wilmarth said it’s possible one of the earlier breaks, a small service line near the surface on Old Canton Road, could have happened because of pipes freezing and cracking.

“The other two were definitely nothing to do with the weather,” he said.

The other small break that happened earlier Monday on Terrell Street.

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