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Water spews from broken 12 inch water line on Old U.S. 51 near the Centralia Water Treatment Plant.

Repairs Completed On 12 Inch Water Main Break Near Centralia Water Plant

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The City of Centralia was able to complete repairs to a 12 inch water line Monday night without turning off the water plant.  The initial fear that the water plant would have to be shut down lead to a water conservation request for residential and commercial water users.  

However, Water Plant Superintendent Perry White says once they were able to dig out the portion of the line and valve that failed under Old U.S. 51 near the Water Treatment Plant, crews felt it could be repaired without shutting down the Treatment Plant and the conservation request was lifted.  

When the 12 inch line failed, it buckled the pavement of the road and shot water about a foot in the air.  Crews had to use jackhammers to break the pavement to get to the break.  The water plant had produced additional water through the day Monday to fill all of the towers to capacity in anticipation of the shutdown.  

The break occurred at the valve that feeds the Odin water system.  Odin's loss of water pressure has resulted in a boil order for all but the Selmaville area which was receiving their water from the Salem Water System.  All of the Odin Water System was switched to Salem until the problem could be repaired.

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