Broken Pipe Brings Water Damage

Monday, July 1, 2013 @ 06:07 PM gHale

A broken coupling allowed 500,000 gallons of water to flow in the form of a geyser through the roof of Weber Basin Water building in Riverdale, UT, and now the city is turning to storage reservoirs to supply water.

Officials said the accident caused nearly $500,000 in damages. The water that escaped came from a well that supplies water to homes. Those homes will have to get their water from storage reservoirs until the damages end up repaired.

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The coupling burst shortly before 12:30 at a building near 4550 S 700 W. The building sits atop a deep ground water well, one of 18 in the district. After the coupling burst, water shot through the roof of the building and went up about 30 feet in the air.

The water flowed for about 30 minutes, said Brad Nelson, Drinking Water Manager for Weber Basin Water.

A piece of carbon steel pipe flew across the room and damaged a hypochloride tank. Nelson said the coupling probably came loose due to a combination of time and pressure.

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