On Tuesday afternoon, Charlotte Water crews quickly responded to an emergency water main break at the 1300 block of Central Avenue.
This repair required the replacement of a 12-inch water main, which was no easy feat. The water main wasn’t the only thing underground – crews also had to remove or replace a few things that were in the way of the water main break:
Remove an old trolley line
Replace 24 feet of wastewater pipe
Remove an old water pipe no longer in service
Repair a storm drain affected by the excavation
During the restoration phase, crews also found a second leak on the main. Crews will be repaving the road Saturday and checking the area to ensure the remaining older water pipe doesn’t spring a leak. Crews estimate all lanes will reopen Monday evening.
Charlotte Water is repairing a 42-inch drinking water pipe at Interstate 77 near Interstate 277. The pipe was accidentally hit by contractors working on the I -77 toll road project. The pipe was damaged around 7 a.m. and turned off at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The repair may take several days to complete. Charlotte Water staff is actively working on a repair solution.
Water flooded part of the construction area. No interstate lanes are closed right now. If lanes are closed in the future, we will work to notify media and post on Twitter.
The break is not directly affecting water service to customers. Some customers in the central business district and other areas may notice slightly discolored or cloudy water. This is temporary. Customers can run cold water for a few minutes to flush it out.