As Atlanta repairs leaky pipe, service disruptions are possible


Now that work crews’ repairs are underway at a damaged 36-inch water pipe in Atlanta, the city is warning nearby businesses that there could be service disruptions.

The leak was discovered two weeks ago near the Hemphill Steam Pumping Station on 14th Street. It is close enough to critical facilities like hospitals and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that they were encouraged to have extra water stored away just in case.

Department of Watershed Management workers on Saturday finished cutting out the damaged section of the pipe. The thickness of the tube and the complexity of the procedure caused a long process, the city said.

In its update Sunday, Watershed Management said the situation is stable, but as a precaution, critical facilities are again being told to have backup water.


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