Crews repaired a six-inch water line that left dozens of Brookhaven residents without water on Thursday. The broken pipe is just one example of DeKalb's problems dealing with an aging water system.
Water from the broken pipe flooded a portion of Wayland Circle before crews could shut off the flow. Up to 60 residents lost water service.
The cause of the break has not been determined. DeKalb County says that like the city of Atlanta, it is dealing with an aging system with some pipes in the area 25 to 50 years old or older. The county has started a five year, $1.35 billion water and sewer upgrade.
Residents in the area just want to see water service restored. They say the area has seen repeated problems.
"I woke up this morning, a little after 7:00, came to turn on the water and found out we didn't have pressure at all. And I came out and saw basically a river heading down the street," said resident Gary Smith.
Resident Richard Stringfield told FOX 5 there has been at least three water main breaks in the neighborhood.
Water crews continue to face a heavy workload, including the repair of water pipe damage on North Decatur Road resulting from gas line work.
The county says the problems with aging infrastructure are compounded by fog, fats, oils and grease poured down drains and clogging pipes, especially during the holidays.
"There's no harm at all putting the grease in the trash can because the landfill can handle it. Pipes -- not so much. It just causes problems and we have to get the crews to fix it up when that happens," said Burke Brennan, a DeKalb County spokesman.
DeKalb is seeing it water bills go up as a result of these water and sewer upgrades, and another increase is expected next year.
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