SAWS continues to fix water main break

Stone Oak area customers asked not to water Wednesday night

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Crews with San Antonio Water Systems are still working to fix a broken water main affecting the Stone Oak area.

SAWS officials said a mechanical malfunction caused the break in the 48-inch water line on Bitters road off of Highway 281.

Crews have been working on the broken main since Tuesday.

SAWS officials said on Wednesday that they are waiting for some parts to come in and that it's just a matter of connecting them up and seeing if the water holds.

The affected area is bounded by 1604 to the South, Borgfield Road to the North, 281 to the East and Blanco to the West.

"When you get infrastructure this size, of a 48-inch main that's connected to a 16 inch main, it's some very specialized equipment," Anne Hayden with San Antonio Water Systems. "We worked hard yesterday and through last night to patch that together, but unfortunately, we couldn't do it."

Hayden said if this break had happened three years ago when Bexar Met was running the area independently, the affected area would have no water.

However, SAWS built interconnects, which allows them to feed enough water to keep the system going.

However, they are still urging people to avoid any outdoor watering in Stone Oak until further notice.

They said the problem could be fixed by Wednesday.

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