Friday, September 17, 2021

Flower Mound water main breaks due to recent rain, ongoing drought

A resident snaps a photo of the water main break off Morriss Road at Garden Road.
A resident snaps a photo of the water main break off Morriss Road at Garden Road.

Two water main breaks over the weekend prompted residents to post photos and videos on Facebook as one shot water 30 feet in the air, Flower Mound officials said.

A 4-inch water main at Morriss and Garden roads burst, shooting water high into the air near Forestwood Middle School near Stone Creek Park.

Town officials said they were able to isolate the line and turn it off, causing no interruption to service.

A second leak was reported in the fire line near the pump station off Pintail Place just west of Garden Ridge Boulevard.

The Pintail Place fire line break was also isolated without service interruption with crews expected to investigate the cause.

The two water leaks were among several reported in Flower Mound in recent weeks, which prompted Public Works officials to tell residents that the recent rainfall paired with the ongoing drought conditions has increased the number of leaks seen during the winter months.

Approximately 80 percent of the water leaks each year occur to service lines installed by third-party utility contractors, not the town’s water mains, officials said. From a total of 12 water leak repairs, nine were related to service lines during the past five weeks.

Another water main was damaged the week of Jan. 19 on Sagebrush Drive by a franchise utility contractor, town officials noted in a news release.

The town budget allots an estimated $1.2 million for preventative maintenance and water line repairs, officials said.

See a video of a water main break posted on Facebook over the weekend:

CTG Staff
The Cross Timbers Gazette News Department

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