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August 16, 2014

Water main break forces Wichita to shut off water along West Street

Water was shut off along West Street between Maple and Kellogg because of a water main break Saturday afternoon, city officials said.

Water was shut off along West Street between Maple and Kellogg because of a water main break Saturday afternoon, city officials said.

The shut-off affected about 50 businesses in the area, said Joe Pajor, deputy director of public works and utilities for the city.

Pajor said Saturday afternoon that it would take several hours before the leak could be excavated and stopped. Crews worked into the evening Saturday.

“Where the leak comes to the surface is not necessarily where the pipe has failed,” Pajor said. “So it can take some time to find the leak.”

Pajor said Saturday evening that the leak was caused by a 10-foot split in the main pipe. He expected water service to be restored to the affected businesses between 10 p.m. and midnight Saturday.

A special team of workers were on site for the fix so that crews would not run into other utilities, Pajor said.

Some lane closures caused traffic headaches for motorists navigating the area Saturday afternoon.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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