Water pressure takes a hit as line repair process hits a glitch

By Corene Brisendine

A geyser of water sprayed out at the corner of Juliette Avenue and Houston Street Monday morning when a water valve blew apart.

Brian Johnson, principal engineer for the city, said workers are cutting in Insta-Valves, which allow crews to put valves in “live” water lines, along Juliette. He said it is normal for some water to come out of the main during installation, but the geyser was definitely not normal.

As a result, downtown residents lost water pressure for a time. Authorities said pressure would return when the valve is fixed.

Johnson said the valve that blew apart will be fixed by Monday afternoon. He said the valves along Juliette from Poyntz Avenue to Houston Street were installed in the ‘40s and ‘50s. As part of routine maintenance on the water mains, city workers are replacing those valves.

The project will close the northbound lane on Juliette Avenue from Poyntz Avenue to Houston Street for the next two weeks, when work on the water main is expected to be completed.

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