Georgetown Utility Systems crews have completed repairs to a ruptured water main on Texas 29 just east of US 183 in the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District service area. Water service was restored at about 1:30 this afternoon.
The outage of the 10-inch water main affected about 75 water customers in the Liberty Hill area. The outage started at about 7 p.m. on Monday evening, initially affecting about 150 customers. Changes to the water distribution system valves in the area reduced the number to 75 customers.
The damaged line was isolated, repaired, and flushed prior to restoration of service.
The leak was caused by premature failure of a pipe installed in the 1980s. A 20-foot section of the ruptured water main was replaced to repair the line. Rocky terrain made excavation and repairs time consuming and resulted in a lengthy outage. The utility has been evaluating alternatives to improve service to this section of water main where there have been previous leaks.
Georgetown Utility Systems is evaluating areas in the Chisholm Trail SUD service area with high rates of failure and prioritizing replacement. The City utility plans to invest $5 million in system upgrades in the Chisholm Trail SUD service area in the next three years to improve service and reliability.