A main break left three Moore neighborhoods without water Monday evening and into mid-morning Tuesday, as crews worked through the night to try and fix it.
According to the City of Moore's Facebook page, the break occurred along NE 27th St. between Bradford Drive and Old Mill Road just before 4:30 p.m on Monday. Work on repairing the line and restoring water to customers couldn't begin until around 5:30 p.m., according to the city's post, and another break meant work continued until after 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The cause of the main break was likely soil movement, Project Manager for Moore Water/Wastewater Robert Pistole said. The outage impacted three neighborhoods in the area and left people without water both over dinner, into the night and well past the time for morning commutes to work.
“Any time we have lots of rain or it’s been really dry, some of the old pipes can shift and break," Pistole said. "That’s probably the case."
In the middle of the night, according to updates from the city's Facebook page, crews had to start their work over after the line blew out again. This added several hours to when water service was supposed to have been restored.
At around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, Gayland Kitch, director for Emergency Management, said service had been restored but it would take more time for pressure to reach adequate levels.
Before crews could begin work on the actual line Monday evening, they had to first spot other utility lines in the area to ensure nothing else is damaged in the process. The work normally takes three to four hours after crews finish excavating and can see the line, Pistole said, initially placing the time service was to be restored at around nine or 10 o'clock Monday night.
Earlier this month, Moore City Council members met in a workshop to discuss possible uses for an upcoming sales tax renewal, where they prioritized first responder raises over raising revenue to fix Moore's old water lines. One option was to ask voters to tack on an extra eighth-of-a-cent sales tax, but council members were reluctant to ask citizens for a tax increase so soon after they approved two new bond measures.
Ward 3 council member Louie Williams described the situation as "rolling the dice" on water lines at the time, though he was also not too keen on asking residents for a sales tax increase. City Manager Brooks Mitchell informed council that while they were free to wait and repurpose current sales tax funds for water line repairs in two years, it is something that the city would be forced to replace if, in the meantime, breaks occur.