Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The Wednesday Wetness

Water service was restored to several major buildings in Atlanta after corroding pipes burst in downtown and Midtown, forcing many businesses and attractions to close and affecting water service in area homes, officials said.

By Sunday morning, crews had completed enough repairs so that service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was fully restored, said the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management in a news release. Service was also restored to the Fulton County Jail and the Atlanta City Detention Center, as well as "many of Atlanta's critical facilities, and residents, including several senior high-rise buildings," according to the department.

Atlanta officials were slowly repressuring the city's water system earlier this weekend. The city was handing out cases of water and setting up portable toilets at several fire stations and first responders were checking high-rise residences to see if the elderly or other vulnerable residents were OK.

"Water is a valuable, critical resource and cities can't function and lives can't function without it," Mayor Andre Dickens said during a news conference Saturday morning. "It's absolutely at the top of our list."

In a second news conference Saturday evening, Dickens announced that he had declared a state of emergency over the situation. The mayor said that while the crews had made significant progress repairing the first water main break, they were struggling with the second break in Midtown.

Newsday,  Atlanta water system still in repair on Day 5 of outages

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Pyjamarama up at The Other McCain.

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