Ten Thousand with No Water: Broken Valve Now Fixed...
It's the city of Laredo's main source for water and, early this morning, a valve inside the Jefferson Water Treatment Facility gave out, leaving thousands with little to no water. Crews spent the day trying to replace that 24 inch water valve. Several parts of the city were affected by this incident, including areas surrounding Saunders, Guadalupe, Springfield, and Arkansas. Several local businesses shut down for the day as a result of this, and the Laredo Medical Center was even forced to use their own reserved water supply to make it through the day. Officials with the City of Laredo Utilities Department blamed today's main break on the system's old pipes and valves and said they hope to replace these valves soon in order to avoid another problem like today's. Tomas Rodriguez, Director of the Utilities Department said, "The 24 inch 90 that failed was installed in 1953 and the caulking that was used was lead. It was the old type of caulking and this is the type of system that we have there. We have received bids and will probably be awarding the bids to the contractor in October." Over 10 thousand residents across Laredo were affected by that broken valve. Officials say the pipe has been fixed, but it won't be until midnight that normal water pressure will be fully restored.