Water was restored to a Warner Robins nursing home, church and the Huntington Chase apartments Wednesday afternoon after a water main break about 24 hours earlier.
City utilities director Montie Walters said the 4 p.m. break Tuesday happened 40 feet under a new road at Houston Lake Road near Russell Parkway. Water was restored to all impacted residents by 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, he said.
Crews had to dig so deep that it was too dangerous to put men down into the hole to make repairs due to danger of the steep embankment caving in.
The repair effort was complicated by the rupture of a 2-inch gas line while they were digging down to the break, Walters said.
Workers dodged storms and lightning overnight Tuesday with new teams providing relief Wednesday morning.
Bottled water was delivered to the nursing home residents with a temporary line laid to restore water Wednesday to the nursing home, Walters said. Crews are expected to add a permanent line for the nursing home Thursday, with no disruption expected when the temporary line is switched off and the permanent line switched on, he said.