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Walker Crews Repair Water Main Break

WALKER, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The recent cold weather may be causing lingering problems for residents in Walker.

City officials are worried that an overnight main break could hurt the quality of the town's drinking water.

These men have been out here since eight this morning, working to repair what was damaged yesterday.

"We had a water main break last night. I'm guessing it was around six or seven o' clock, said Kevin Shoop, Walker Public Works Technician.

Its all because of the weather.

The air gets cold; water gets cold, which then causes a hole or crack in the water pipe underground.

"We shut it down. Not completely off so people had water overnight but yet it wasn't running full bore overnight otherwise it could have emptied the water tower, said Shoop.

Crews found the crack in the main and used a steel band aid to help fix it up.

Its something some residents here in walker say they appreciate.

About 50 homes are seeing the effect of the water main break.

"I could tell that the water pressure was reduced a little bit and when we went to shower this morning it was about half strength, said nearby resident Jane Meisheid.

Jane Meisheid says she noticed crews were working on the break last night on her way home from work.

She says they handled the situation well.

"I came home at a little after ten and it was already being addressed. On a cold dark winter night they were already doing what they could, Meisheid said.

It continues. Even after the crack is fixed, crews still need to get the water tested for bacteria before it's officially safe to drink.

Walker public works officials are asking homeowners affected by the water main break to boil any water they plan to drink until they are told otherwise.
 
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