Water Main Ruptures in Culpeper

July 26, 2010

An 8-inch water main ruptured Saturday afternoon in Culpeper, causing a loss of water pressure and an elevated storage tank to lose about 300,000 gallons.

The eight-inch water main broke and tore away two sections of concrete sidewalk. Nearby homes and businesses were without water until workers could close valves to stop the leak.

Public Works Director Bobby Thornhill said the leak caused the elevated storage tank off Belle Ave. to drain, causing a loss of water pressure. The tank is now refilling as workers make repairs to the busted line.

Officials estimate as much as 300,000 gallons of water drained from the tank, which is capable of holding 500,000 gallons. The storage tank creates water pressure in the system.

The Public Works crew had to pump water from the hole and cut out the damaged pipe in order to make repairs.

Officials say there is no estimate of the number of customers affected by the break.

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