South St. Louis fire hydrant gushes water for 11 straight days - KMOV.com

South St. Louis fire hydrant gushes water for 11 straight days

 

(KMOV)-- The water main break at Geyer and Mississippi, which took weeks to fix back in January, is still causing inconvenience in south St. Louis.
A viewer alerted News 4 to a gushing fire hydrant in his neighborhood that spewed water for 11 straight days.  We checked with the Director of Public Utilities about this who coincidentally said the hydrant would be shut off by Tuesday and it was.
Water division crews repaired the main, but part of the process includes flushing the line before putting the pipe back in service. They also must disinfect the line and remove air from it.  St. Louis Public Utilities Director Curt Skouby says this process is necessary to get quality water coming from the pipes that meets regulations.
Skouby says repairing the nearby water main was complex.  They had to remove a 42-inch steel pipe encased in concrete, without destroying the whole pipe. That portion of the repair process is complete, but Skouby says the hydrant will flow off and on for a couple more weeks.

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