UPDATE: Water service restored after pipe split in Warner Robins

Water service was restored about 11:35 this morning to parts of Warner Robins where customers had been without water or experienced low water pressure for several hours.

Hundreds of people woke up without water after a water main broke at 4 a.m. on Russell Parkway, said Sgt. Jim Adams of Houston County 911.

Warner Robins Utilities Director Montie Walters said utility crews were able to shut off valves to limit customers affected to the immediate area of the break near McNeal Insurance Agency at 1717 Russell Parkway.

Those without water or with low water pressure for most of the morning included a group of businesses and a couple of apartment complexes within the boundaries of the Corder Road extension, Houston Lake Road and Russell Parkway, Walters said.

It was not known what caused the pipe to split and it took utility crews about an hour to find the problem, he said.

“It’s like your car, your brakes don’t last forever, your tires don’t,” said Walters, who noted that there’s a lot of old pipes within the city.

A 20-foot section of the 12-inch pipe was replaced, Walters said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.