Water main break involved 87-year-old main with no history

Downtown Knoxville water main break involved 87-year-old main with no history of problems


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - KUB said the water main involved in Wednesday night's break was installed in 1929 and is among some of the older pipes in the city, commonly found downtown.

The particular pipe in the water main break did not have a history of problems until Wednesday night.

"It is an 18-inch cast iron water main," KUB spokesperson Andrea May said. "It doesn't have a history of leaks and it hasn't had any work done in the last several years."

KUB started the Pace 10 program in 2004, which is part of a federal consent decree requiring KUB to make system improvements to its wastewater system.

However, that's not connected to what happened during the water main break. Improvements to water mains are part of the Century II program.

Century II is a program aimed at improving aging infrastructure.

May said KUB looks at older pipes, roughly between 50 to 100 years old, as part of the project, which includes the pipe on Main Street involved in the break. However, KUB prioritizes the pipes based on age and history of problems, leaving the Main Street pipe off their radar for a need for immediate improvements.

KUB said it did plan to renovate the Main Street water main in time.

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