Sulphur officials evaluating water main break

By By Natalie Stewart / American Press

Sulphur officials are evaluating the

water main break that had a widespread area of the city without service

and taking preventative

measures, according to the mayor.

Mayor Chris Duncan said the break was caused by a concrete drainage pipe being installed over the waterline at an angle several

years ago.

“The top piece of the concrete pipe

broke, causing it to fall on top of the waterline,” he said. “Over time,

with road vibrations

and vibrations from the waterline, the drainage pipe was rubbing

against the waterline, and it caused it to crack and rupture.”

Duncan said the concrete drainage pipe will be replaced with a PVC pipe, so that if it were to collapse again in the future,

similar damage would not occur.

City officials held meetings to establish why the break could not be isolated and why valves weren’t where they were documented

to be located on a map, he said.

“A lot of infrastructure is old, and

some of the valves are not where we thought they were located, and some

just aren’t working

properly when we try to cut them off,” Duncan said. “We had

already started many months ago looking at the valves across the

city. We just hadn’t gotten to the area where we had the main

break, but we are working to make sure that a break doesn’t

affect as large of an area as what was affected (Wednesday.)”

Duncan said waterlines can’t be prevented from blowing out, but the city can work to prevent such a large area from being

affected by a water main break.

Residents and businesses from Hoffpauir Road to Interstate 10 were affected by Wednesday’s water main break, which took crews

approximately six hours to fix and restore services.

Duncan said crews will be continuing to work at the site of the break into the early part of next week to install a new drainage

pipe.