Westside residents in Darlington to have water issues through the weekend

Residents on the west side of Darlington can expect to have lower than normal water pressure throughout the weekend due to a water line break on Pearl Street.

On Thursday, a water line broke on the West side of town during work on the South West Darlington Storm Water Project. Water was out from the railroad tracks to Fitness World as well as along parts of Syracuse Street. Around 9 o’clock Thursday night, the crews had fixed one water line break on Pearl Street that had left parts of town without water, but another break sprang up about six feet from the first one thanks to water pipes from the 1930s.

Between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight, contractors will insert a vale under pressure, so residents will have running water while crews continue to make repairs. This valve will be available to assist for any future water line breaks in this area.

Next week, City crews will install a temporary 2-inch PVC bypass to service customers until the storm water work in that area is complete. That portion of the project is still on schedule to be complete by July 26. After that, City crews will run permanent pipes.

This is the toughest part of the project, according to the engineer and contractors. Besides the age of the water pipes, crews have run into a number of abandoned water and sewer pipes during the project.

Residents on the West side of town near Pearl and Syracuse Streets should expect lower than normal water pressure as well as sporadic rusty water while these water line repairs are being made.

The City apologizes for the inconvenience and continues to work to correct these issues.

Author: mrollins

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