Pipe Gushes For Hours


Thousands of gallons of water spewed onto a Strawberry street late Saturday night after a 10-foot section of a water main pipe ruptured. The burst highlighted what Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) members say they already know — the area has outdated pipes that desperately need to be replaced.

It took a five-person field operations crew nearly 10 hours to fix Saturday’s burst. The first five hours were spent getting a crew to the site — since all crew members live in Payson and had to be roused from their beds around 1 a.m. — with the next five hours spent digging and replacing the broken pipe, said Richard Dickinson, PSWID secretary.

Six customers on Spruce Drive were without water until 10 a.m. Sunday.

It took hours to get equipment and crew members on scene and the water turned off. “It does take a little bit of time, especially in the middle of the night,” Dickinson said.


None 6 years, 4 months ago

Thanks to the crew for responding to this and repairing as quickly as they could. I'm sure everyone appreciates the effort - not just those that were without the water, but those individuals that realize how precious the water supply is and how we can't afford to waste it.

Thank you!


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