Clarksville water main break fully repaired

A major water line ruptured early Monday morning, affecting thousands of residents.
Families had to scramble after school was canceled for Clarksville students after a water main break, Lydia Fielder reports.
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 5:22 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2023 at 7:46 AM CST
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A water main break affecting thousands of people in Clarksville has been fully repaired, according to Clarksville Gas and Water.

It took crews days to repair the 30-inch water transmission line break near the Ashland City Road and Horace Crow Drive intersection.

“We’re basically going to have to tear this whole hillside out,” explained Mark Riggins, the general manager of Clarksville Gas and Water. “We have the pipe and the fittings and things like that to repair it. But it’ll take some time, as you can imagine, to get this dug out, and make that repair.”

Clarksville Gas and Water employees noticed a change in water flow around 4 a.m. on Monday, and more than 100,000 people have been affected by low water pressure.

The once-affected water line in Clarksville supplies water to the east side of the community. Clarksville Gas and Water said the water flowing from the line comes directly from their water plant.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools were out Tuesday morning due to the water main break, and Clarksville residents are under mandatory water restrictions until given the all-clear by officials.

Riggins said the decision to close schools was twofold.

“One, it ensured we didn’t have to worry about the fire safety issue in empty buildings today, which was very helpful,” Riggins said. “And then also on top of that just to keep down that water usage, along with the restriction process.”

CMCSS Chief Communications Officer Anthony Johnson told WSMV4 the day will not have to be made up.

Residents can expect to hear whether the restrictions are lifted by 7 p.m.