WACO - Officials issued an emergency request to all residents to stop outside watering after a high-volume water main broke Wednesday morning, flooding a bridge and forcing police to close down most lanes of Lake Shore Drive in Waco.
Water Department spokesman Jonathan Echols said the 48-inch raw water line has been shut down and that the water it carried to the Mt. Carmel treatment plant is now flowing through a parallel 36-inch line, which means that capacity is reduced.
The Mt. Carmel plant provides water to about two-thirds of the city, he said.
The pipe and repair materials are not common in stock, the city said Wednesday evening, and as a result it will take at least three days to fix the pipe.
The Waco water system had adequate pressure and supply Wednesday evening, the city said, but within 24 hours it may be difficult to keep capacity at the 90 percent level as demand exceeds supply in the heat of the day.
Officials hope residents will comply with the request, but if they don’t, the city could enact its drought conservation plan, which includes mandatory water-use restrictions.