Two water-main breaks in Chesterton caused water pressure to drop in some
folks’ homes on
Saturday, Indiana-American Water Company (IAWC) said.
The larger of the two breaks, found early on Saturday, was in an eight-inch
cast-iron main which traverses the bridge on North Calumet Road, IAWC
spokesman Joe Loughmiller told the Chesterton Tribune today. Crews
found the main corroded near the footing where it enters the ground. A
significant amount of water was gushing from the rupture, Loughmiller said.
Crews opted to “valve off” the main, which is one of several feeds which
serves the Chesterton area. Once it was taken out of the system, Loughmiller
said, pressure returned to normal. A decision has not yet been made whether
to repair or replace the main.
A second break, meanwhile, occurred in a main several hundred feet to the
east of the water tower along I-80/94, discovered after tank levels began
dropping late Friday night.
That break, once it was located, in a wooded area, was repaired fairly
quickly, Loughmiller said.
Although the main breaks did cause water pressure to drop, it never fell
below the threshold at which a boil advisory would have been issued,