Crews Fix Water Main Break Over the Weekend
Marshalltown Water Works employees worked an entire 40-hour week in a weekend after a water main break at the intersection of Main Street and Ninth Street last Friday, but they were happy to get the job done and restore service to about 15 affected households that temporarily lost water pressure by Sunday night.
Water Works General Manager Shelli Lovell said the situation was a testament to her staff — who worked until almost midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and started early in the morning the last two days. “They were very supportive and patient, (and) it was a very good coordination piece between us and the city,” Lovell said. Water Works had help from the city’s public works department and a pair of private contractors, including excavator Bill Bjelland of KB Underground in Marshalltown, as they flushed hydrants and salted and sanded the affected region.
About 15 nearby homes experienced low water pressure throughout the weekend and had their water temporarily shut off for about six hours on Sunday, and they are still under a boil advisory. Lovell said she appreciated the patience and understanding of the residents as the situation unfolded.
T-R PHOTO BY ROBERT MAHARRY - MWW utility workers Devon D, Joey J, Jeff M, and crew leader Jose M.