GALLIPOLIS — A water main break around 4:30 p.m. Monday on Second Avenue in Gallipolis was fixed the same day by city maintenance staff, but not until losing around 150,000 gallons of water along the road.
According to City Manager Gene Greene, maintenance workers set to repairing the broken pipe under Second Avenue as soon as reports rolled in about the water leak. Gallipolis City Police directed traffic while efforts were made to break blacktop and get to the underground water line.
“It was a 10-inch (diameter pipe) main,” Greene said. “It actually busted a two-inch tap. The two-inch tap went into the old building that used to sit (in the Gallipolis Justice Center location). The saddle on it had busted.”
Greene contacted city water plant officials and the tally of water lost during the maintenance numbered around 150,000 gallons. City workers began work on the water break shortly after discovering its location and finished around 11 p.m.
“Water, once it comes out of that main and it gets under the old blacktop, it’ll just shove it,” Greene said in reference to the road surface cracking.
The city issued a 24-hour boil advisory around 7 p.m. Monday. Greene said he believed only Second Avenue locations were affected at intersections between Pine and Locust streets.
Greene commended city workers for the quick turnaround with the break. He said workers made quick work for the project “considering its size.” Gallipolis’ largest water main pipe’s diameter is about 16 inches.
A backhoe was used to excavate the locations as city workers repaired the pipe, as well as four employees working shovels in wet earth. Workers placed “band” around the damaged pipe section
“A band is a big metal circular piece that has bolts in it,” Greene said. “It has a rubber lining in it. That wraps around the main line. The tighter you tighten the bolts, it squeezes the spot and keeps water from getting out.”
According to Greene, the damaged section of pipe is still there. However, the band prevents further leakage. The original piping is made of ductile iron. According to Greene, one cannot weld the pipe. It has to be banded or replaced.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 4467-2342, Ext. 2103.