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MAIN BREAKS: Water woes expected to dissolve

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As Columbia City residents north of U.S. 30 were yet again afflicted by low pressure and no water last week, officials are working toward a permanent solution to the problem.

The main issue is not a man-made problem, but instead a problem with the soil, according to Columbia City Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear.

“The soil conditions are very acidic right there. It’s eating into the pipe,” Dear said.

Last week’s water main break on Ind. 205 south of U.S. 30 affected residents at Eagle Glen and Irish Glen, as well as Parkview Whitley Hospital. Dear said his department has two projects in the works to ensure quality water service in the future.

The first is a looping project, which will run a second water main from CR 100 South, under the river and to the golf course at Eagle Glen, providing a back-up in case the water main on Ind. 205 breaks again. The project will also provide higher water pressure for the area and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Dear said within the next month, the final design will be completed.

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