The Macon Water Authority has issued a boil water order for an area of south Macon after a water line that broke in the cold resulted in a cross-connection with raw sewage.
Residents and businesses located within this area are asked to boil water for three minutes before drinking it or cooking with it:
— South of Eisenhower Parkway
— West of Pio Nono Avenue
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— North of Rocky Creek Road
— East of Sussex Drive
In the wake of freezing temperatures, a water line broke about 11 a.m. at the place where it crosses a sewer manhole shaft, said Ray Shell, assistant authority director. The manhole rapidly filled with water, then overflowed the top.
Since the water line never lost pressure, there is no evidence of contamination, but the boil water order was necessary because there had been a cross-connection with raw sewage, Shell said.
When the water line broke, the sewer line was inundated with water, causing an overflow of about 800 gallons at a manhole downhill at the intersection of Canterbury Road and Downing Circle, said Mike Beard, the authority’s assistant sewage conveyance manager. Sewage from the overflow inundated the basement of a nearby home but did not reach a waterway, Shell said.
The Burger King on Pio Nono and 60 to 70 homes lost water service for about four hours Wednesday afternoon while authority officials cut in a valve to isolate the break in the line, said Darryl Macy, authority sewage conveyance manager.
Shell said the authority will flush the water lines and eventually install a new water line 10 feet outside the manhole.
He said water lines through manholes are not uncommon in the older portions of most water systems. Shell estimated this water line dated to the 1960s.