Updated: Water Back On! [Orig. Headline: Water Main Break Stops Welch Water; Crews Working to Fix]

Steve Davis oversees water line repairs

Update (1:40 p.m., June 27, 2017): In the last half-hour, Welch water has begun to come back online. Steve Davis with the Town advises that water pressure will rebuild slowly as they allow air to escape from the system. Water may initially be cloudy as workers flush the system.

[Orig. Post:]

WELCH–Late Monday evening, June 26, 2017, a Town of Welch water main located near the intersection of Highways 10 & 2 in Welch burst. Town water personnel noticed a rapid drain on the Town’s water system and began attempting to locate the break.

The broken main was discovered in short order. Evaluation of the issue, which required a shutdown of the Town water system, began at once. Due to the late hour, replacement parts were not anticipated to be available until the Tuesday work day began. Town water had to remain off until repairs are made. Water staffers did begin the process of refiling the water tower, so it will be full and ready to serve the community when the repairs are completed.

Town Clerk, Katie Bradshaw, joined us on Wynn in the Morning today. The break is a complicated repair due to the water system’s configuration at the affected location. Bradshaw stated the Town is reluctant to give an estimated time of repair, due to its complexity. If Town officials determine an estimated repair time, we’ll relay here at WelchOK.com and on air at KVWO 94.7 FM.

Hear our interview with Bradshaw here: