February 22, 2020
Updated: July 12 at 7:49 p.m.

City DPW rushes to fix water main after puncture


WEST BRANCH — The West Branch Department of Public works rushed to fixed a broken water main after an underground boring service punctured it while working under the former Kmart building July 12.

The break occurred shortly after 1 p.m. and resulted in businesses and residents in West Branch seeing an increase of rust in their water. According to DPW worker Jeff Brindley, the break resulted in the system backfeeding, causing the increase of rust.

Before fixing the main, DPW first needed to locate the adjacent valve to shut off the leak and restore service to most of the community, which was done at approximately 3:45 p.m. However, because of their proximity to the break, restaurants such as Buck’s Country Cookin’ and Rancheros Mexican Grill closed for the evening.

The city had the water main repaired at 7 p.m., and DPW Manager Mike Killackey said the water system has been flushed and tested.


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