Some residents and businesses may temporarily be experiencing low water pressure or could be completely without it after a water main was damaged along 23rd Street on Saturday afternoon.
City of Columbus Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said a private boring contractor hit a 12-inch water main Saturday afternoon while doing some work in front of CVS Pharmacy, 2307 23rd St. Those in the approximate 10-block radius of 23rd Avenue to about 33rd Avenue will be affected.
Boring contractors use horizontal directional drilling, auger boring and tunneling methods to install municipal, commercial and residential utility pipe for the electric, telecommunications, oil and gas, sewer, water and irrigation industries. Sliva said the water main had been properly marked off before work had started, so why It was still hit will have to be looked into and investigated.
A crew is actively working in front of CVS along 23rd Street, so Sliva asked drivers heading East along 23rd Street to be mindful as the pass the area. The public works director said the pipe would be repaired and water would be restored at some point tonight.
"Drive slow and be courteous," Sliva said. "The priority is getting the water back in service as soon as possible.
(ABOUT THE PHOTO: A crew on Saturday afternoon works to repair a water main along 23rd Street in Columbus.)