Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 1, 2013

Water line breaks result in boil water advisories for parts of city, county

All lifted by Tuesday afternoon

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The boil water advisory in effect since Sunday for large parts of Glasgow and Barren County was lifted by early Tuesday for most of the affected areas; however, because of unrelated, smaller water line breaks Monday, Glasgow Water Company customers living along a section of Columbia Avenue and some of its cross streets and customers living on Green Hills Drive were still advised to boil water before consuming it or using it for bathing.

The smaller advisories were lifted on Tuesday afternoon.

The leak on Columbia Avenue caused water to be shut off from about 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, GWC assistant manager Billy Carver said. The area impacted by the 6-inch water line break – along Columbia Avenue from Davis Street to New Salem Road, and the cross streets of Davis Street, Shelley Drive, Marion Drive, Bale Terrace, Reed Avenue and part of Grand Avenue – was already included in the advisory from Sunday, but the advisory continued there after the larger one was lifted. The Green Hills Drive issue occurred later Monday.

On Sunday, Glasgow Water Co. had to shut down a main transmission line to repair a water line break on Pritchardsville Road at Oil Well Road. As a result, a precautionary boil water advisory was issued affecting customers along the Ky. 90 West and Happy Valley Road corridor toward Cave City and everything south and west of the area from Roseville to Austin. This included the New Bowling Green Road and Ky. 1297 corridors west of Ky. 90, and the Scottsville Road (U.S. 31-E) corridor south of Glasgow.

The repairs at the Pritchardsville Road site were completed and the soil backfilled by Sunday evening, Carver said. The samples have to be in an incubation oven for 24 hours, he said, and then the results are sent to the Kentucky Division of Water. Personnel from the state agency must review the lab results from the samples and give a thumbs up for the advisory to be lifted.

The 8-inch pipe at Pritchardsville and Oil Well roads that is attached to the main 20-inch transmission line from the Lucas water plant to Glasgow was still a good pipe overall, Carver said.

“Nothing really caused it; no one hit it,” he said. “It just blew apart in one little spot.”

Because it was coming from that main line, though, the extra pressure meant that 1 to 2 million gallons of water escaped quickly, Carver estimated.

The department's computer system that monitors tank levels and pumping stations alerted David Goodrum, a water plant operator, to the issue about 12:46 p.m. Sunday and personnel were immediately dispatched. The Barren County Sheriff's Office notified them around the same time that the road was washed out in that area. Brian King, water distribution manager, was in the area and was soon at the trouble spot.

“He did an excellent job on responding and controlling the scene for us,” Carver said of Goodrum.

By about 5 p.m., the main pipe was repaired and that water flow was restored. The sideline pipe repairs were completed by about 8:30. The water company will work with the county road department to repair the damaged pavement, he said.

Carver said he understands that the boil water advisory is an inconvenience for many, but the precaution is necessary.

“We don't want to jeopardize our water quality; we take a lot of pride in it, so we do the best we can,” he said. “We just want to make sure residents know that we are working diligently.”