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Hodgson Road land slippage likely cause of latest Williams Lake water main break: City

Water is shut off, but not impacting any residents
Part of the Hodgson Road shoulder is damaged after a water-main break at the site on Saturday, May 14. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

A water-main break on Hodgson Road Saturday afternoon, May 14 in Williams Lake was likely caused by land slippage in the area, said Pat Mahood, city manager of public works.

“There is some concern with the old brittle pipe that is in the area and it is giving us grief,” Mahood said, noting the city has been replacing old pipes with high density polyethylene pipe which is a welded-fused pipe so there are not joints that can separate.

“It’s a little more robust of a product.”

The break occurred above the fire hall and below the Pioneer Complex.

Water running down from the break caused some damage to the shoulder of Hodgson Road, it ran down the ditch toward Highway 20, went by the fire hall, crossed over South Lakeside Drive and went down into the Canadian Tire parking lot.

Mahood said the water-main is shut off and the city is looking at repair options.

There are no customers on that leg of water pipe, he confirmed.

“We have no customers without water,” Mahood said. “That piece of the loop we can shut off on either side of the break and not run anyone out of water because they are fed in two different directions.”

Access to the Pioneer Complex and above will be available from the upper Hodgson Road access off of Hodgson Road at Terra Ridge and everything from below Mainline Roofing and United Concrete will be accessible from South Lakeside Drive.

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The view from Highway 20 shows where a water-main break occurred on Hodgson Road Saturday, May 14. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

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About the Author: Monica Lamb-Yorski

A B.C. gal, I was born in Alert Bay, raised in Nelson, graduated from the University of Winnipeg, and wrote my first-ever article for the Prince Rupert Daily News.
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