Cornelius water main repair cuts pressure

A water main break affected pressure in Cornelius, Feb. 19, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A water main break affected pressure in Cornelius, Feb. 19, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

CORNELIUS, Ore. (KOIN) — Repairs to a water main in Cornelius cut pressure for some customers and but city officials said the pressure is back and there is enough in an emergency to put out a fire.

Officials shut down a portion of the water pipe to repair a broken valve, and to do that had to use a backpipe. That transition is what caused the low water pressure.

But Mark Crowell with the City of Cornelius said the water pressure is back to normal.

“We’ve don flow tests at each of our fire hydrants in our system and the pressures are adequate,” he said.

The hydrants are fed through the distribution line and not the main water pipe, and Matt Johnston with the Cornelius Fire Department said the hydrants are tested frequently.

“If we do run into a problem where we have no water left in the city, we have a contingency plan to bring in water and trucks,” he said. “They are usually made to fight fire outside of the city where there are no hyrdrants.”

It may take up to several weeks to repair the main water valve. The correct part for the valve is still being sought.

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