Toccoa City crews have replaced the broken water main that caused the closure on Feb. 5 of a section of Falls Road near Stephens County Hospital and Toccoa Falls College. While work remains to repave the full section of the road, one lane northbound and one lane southbound are open as of noon today, Feb. 7.
Age, combined with temperature changes, contributed to the failure of the 14-inch cast iron pipe that was installed approximately 50 years ago, Daniel Taylor, Water Distribution Supervisor told ConnectLocal.News this afternoon.
City crews replaced the broken pipe with a new 14-inch ductile iron pipe.
“Ductile iron pipe is lighter, stronger and more durable than cast iron,” states the American Water Works Association.
While some residents noticed low water pressure for a brief time during the initial line break, no residents or businesses were without water as a result of the water main break, Taylor said, adding that there were no boil water notices being issued, and no water contamination occurred.
“We got it turned off very quick, so no one was out of water,” he said.
City crews will continue to prepare the damaged outside lane, which will be repaved before being re-opened.