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burst highlighted what Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) members say they already know — the area has outdated pipes that desperately need to be replaced.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.