Plastic water main burst, drying up faucets across central PTC

Thu, 12/20/2007 - 8:46am
By: Cal Beverly

Water outage

Fayette County Water System crews working to repair the water main break on Flat Creek Road were hoping final repairs to a burst main would restore water pressure to hundreds of residences, many businesses and one elementary school by early afternoon.

Water department supervisors said the last clamps were being secured onto the replacement pipes just after noon today. Once completed, the water will by turned on so that pressure can begin to return to the system.

The break, reported to department supervisors by the treatment plant around 2:30 a.m., occurred approximately 30 yards from the entrance to Ridgelake condominiums, across from Dover Square on Flat Creek Road, within sight of Peachtree City Hall.

Water department supervisors at the scene late this morning said the break was easy to locate, as evidenced by the fountain of water spraying up from the berm adjacent to Ridgelake. The overflow cut a small creek through the fallen leaves of one townhome's back yard.

He said the break occurred in a 4-foot length of a 6-inch plastic pipe that serves as the main water supply line to the central section of the city.

Reports of two separate breaks earlier in the morning were incorrect. Water service was out across Ga. Highway 54 in the Glenloch area, though that outage was due to the break on Flat Creek. Customers on Waterwood Bend on the east side of Lake Peachtree reported no water pressure, he said.

Updated 9:56 a.m.

The outage is affecting the Peachtree City Fire Department, said Chief Ed Eiswerth. Several stations have no water and if area homes have low water pressure, the hydrants feed off the same lines.

Fayette County Board of Education spokesperson Melinda Berry Dreisbach confirmed that Peachtree City Elementary School is the only school affected. They are being bused to bathrooms. Bottled water has been brought in for the students and the Fayette County Board of Health checked out the kitchen this morning and stated it was safe to serve lunch today.

They have been told the outage would be resolved in approximately four hours.

Updated 9:45 a.m. A water main break affecting thousands of residents and scores of businesses in the central part of Peachtree City has forced at least one elementary school to resort to busing students to a nearby nursing home to use working bathrooms.

Preliminary reports indicate that Peachtree City Elementary School on Wisdom Road was ferrying students to nearby Southland Nursing Home to use bathrooms after the school water supply was shut off early this morning.

A water main break in the early hours of Thursday morning has affected a large area of Peachtree City, according to a customer service representative at the Fayette County Water System.

The break is in a main along Flat Creek Road in Peachtree City's Aberdeen Village.

Crews have had to shut off several feeder lines off the main while they attempt to repair the break, the customer service representative said.

----------- 9:37 a.m. -------------

A large swath of central Peachtree City, north and south of Georgia Hwy 54 is affected by the outage. There are two water main breaks [THIS INFORMATION WAS LATER CORRECTED in the story above.] and crews are out in the field repairing both of them. Estimates have the problem being resolved by this afternoon.

The outage is not consistent and water is returning in some affected areas, albeit with varying amounts of water pressure.

Reports have students from Peachtree City Elementary School being bused to Southland Nursing Home to use the restrooms.

Contrary to some rumors, the problem is not believed to be drought related.

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Submitted by Michael Boylan on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 11:13am.

Sources say students and teachers started walking to Southland and it began to rain on them.

The students are being bused to Southland, Crabapple and Kedron Elementary and now there are port-a-pottys on the front lawn.

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Submitted by bassfishga on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 10:38am.

Wonder how many don't make it cause the bus ride was too slow and bumpy.

I thought if no water school was closed.

Submitted by PCESMOM225 on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 10:10pm.

The principal made the decision to keep the school open for a variety of reason. First of all was safety. You can't just send home 500+ kids to the possibility of no one home; sure just send a bunch of 5 year olds home. I have friends that didn't find out that there was a problem until 30 minutes before the end of school. In addition, today was a day planned for fun for the kids, holiday parties, making decorations, etc. They would have been very disappointed had all that been cancelled. Being paid or not was not the reason.

I was in the school for 2 1/2 hours this morning and you wouldn't have even known there was a problem. It was very organized.

I think it is very unfair to say that these kids are pampered. You should check demographics before you say that.

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Submitted by DanTennant on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 11:00am.

I got it. We do away with the rickety yellow buses and get a nice new fleet of Motor Coaches equipped with bathrooms, DVD players and XM Satellite Radio. But no seat belts, of course.

I mean these are Fayette County school kids who deserve nothing but the best. Pampering = Success in Life!

I had to walk to school 10 miles uphill each way barefoot and hungry.

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Submitted by bassfishga on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 1:01pm.

Don't forget they need a Wii system to play while they are waiting in line too.

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Submitted by DanTennant on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 9:59am.

Southland Nursing home is a stone's throw from Peachtree City Elementary with the only thing separating them being Riley Field. What is in the world are we using buses for? Ever heard of walking?

It's the last day before Christmas break, for crying out loud. Let the buses take the kids home if we're going to use buses for anything.

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Submitted by Mike King on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 10:26am.

gone are the days when common sense would prevail. Teachers are paid to teach not escort. Besides, its raining. Should the temperature drop some twenty degrees, they could call it a "snow day."
In any event, all will be fine by midafternoon.
Merry Christmas!

Submitted by d.smith700 on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 10:22am.

Elementary kids might pee on the field and get lost!
Impossible to organize such an undertaking for administrators!
Anyway, the state would dock then a day's pay.

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