Water main break shuts down 138 at Sigman Road (March 29, 2013)
UPDATE (April 1, 2013): The leak to the water main line that broke early Friday at the intersection of Highway 138 and Sigman Road has been stopped and the line repaired, but Rockdale residents in the north part of the county are advised to continue boiling their water until Tuesday. Ga. Highway 138 northbound at Sigman also continues to be closed as repairs are made. Drivers are advised to find alternate routes.
The boil water notice issued to Rockdale Water Resources (RWR) customers in the areas located north of and including Hi Roc Road due to the break causing low water pressure in that area is still in effect at least until Tuesday, according to RWR officials.
RWR officials are waiting to get results back from bacterial testing of the water. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division must give RWR permission to rescind the boil water notice.
It appears the water main was struck during construction-related underground drilling by workers for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Road repairs around the intersection of the break are still underway and could potentially take two more days.
(March 30, 2013) Rockdale Water Resources customers in north Rockdale County are advised to boil their water due to a water main break causing low water pressure in the area.
A water main around the intersection of Highway 138 and Sigman Road broke on Friday morning during construction-related underground drilling by workers for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Low water pressure is in the areas located north of and including High Rock Road. When water pressure in the distribution system falls below the acceptable level, as specified by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, a potential health hazard may result. The low pressure areas may experience backflow or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into their water distribution system and ultimately their drinking water.
In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, about a quarter of RWR’s approximate 24,000 customers who live north of and including the High Rock road area are advised to boil all tap water prior to use for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food.
The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by RWR that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of water in the RWR distribution system is safe for human consumption.
During the weekend, RWR personnel can be contacted at 770-278-7485. During the week, RWR personnel may be contacted at either 770-278-7400 or 770-278-7450 for additional information.
As for repairs to the main break, RWR crews are still working diligently to repair it with tool and personnel assistance from neighboring counties including Newton and DeKalb.