A water main break on Fountain Avenue temporarily disrupted service to several dozen houses late Tuesday morning and forced the closing of a small stretch of the road off Belvoir Avenue.
According to Tennessee American Water Co. officials, the 12-inch break happened at 11:14 in the 3900 block of Fountain Avenue.
Casey Allen, Operations Superintendent for the company, said at noon, that only about 40 residence in the immediate area have been effected by the break. At that time, Allen said he did not know how long it might take to repair the ruptured pipe.
“We will have to dig it up and see what it is,” he said. “Typically it may take four to six hours. If there are other utilities (near the pipe) it may take longer.”
Allen said the situation was helped by the installation of a valve installed a block west on Fountain. The valve allowed workers to shut off the water to this break in short order. The valve was installed there when the same 12-inch pipe ruptured several months ago.
Allen said houses in nearby areas should no longer be experiencing reduced water pressure.