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Proposal Could Shut Off Future Water Problems in Henderson

Posted October 22, 2007

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— A valve could limit the problems caused by water main breaks in Henderson, officials said Monday.

A 14-inch pipe near the intersection of Booth and Flint streets in Henderson burst last Thursday morning, emptying two 750,000-gallon tanks in an hour. The break left 17,000 customers dry, and the problem spilled into Vance, Franklin, Granville and Warren counties, which are all on Henderson's water system.

Representatives of Kerr Lake Regional Water, the state Division of Public Health and area counties and towns met Monday morning to review the incident and develop ways to prevent similar problems in the future.

A shut-off valve in Henderson was proposed to limit the impact of main breaks in Henderson. All water from Kerr Lake goes directly to Henderson, then to other counties, and officials said a new valve could shut off water in Henderson without affecting the flow to customers outside the town.

A committee has been appointed to look into the issue.


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  • Just Once Oct 22, 2007

    Ya Think?

  • ohmygosh Oct 22, 2007

    "Shuts off water to Henderson and doesn't affect water to surrounding communities...." What? So breaks in lines to other communities can still drain the tanks. Great engineering Henderson.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 22, 2007

    Ya know, when I built my house one of the work items I farmed out was the plumbing. Now if the plumber had said there would be no shut off valves, I would have hired a different plumber. On the other hand, if I accepted the job with no shut off valves, then had a leak with no way to shut off the water I hardly think that was the plumbers fault.

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  • whatelseisnew Oct 22, 2007

    Wow what a concept. Ahh hey maybe a shutoff valve would be good t have on this here pipe? Wut you think? And they have to talk this over? Ahhh I am always so impressed by people in government.