Wednesday afternoon’s water main break on S.C. 161 (Celanese Road) will cost the city of Rock Hill about $10,000.
City employees searched for problems with water lines in the area for a few days before the pipe’s breach slowed westbound traffic on the busy thoroughfare just before rush hour on Wednesday.
Residents and motorists along Celanese Road called the city over the weekend to report water on the road, so workers started investigating Sunday, said city spokeswoman Katie Quinn.
The leak on the nearly 42-year-old pipes originated close to the junction of the main line and a service line connecting to a now-closed business on Celanese Road, she said.
The problem on the water line started at the top of a hill, near the intersection of Mount Gallant Road and Celanese Road.
Because of the hill’s slope, water escaping from the underground pipes flowed downhill rather than pooling in one spot under the road bed, Quinn said.
Many reports of water on the road over the weekend came from the area near Carolina’s Crossing Apartments.
City crews broke through a small section of Celanese Road to reach the affected pipes about 12 feet underground.
The city sent affected residents and businesses a “water interruption notice,” Quinn said, while workers tried to find the breach and fix the leak.
Rock Hill Utilities Director Scott Motsinger estimates about 40,000 gallons of water was lost as a result of the water main break.
The cost of lost water – about $100 – is cheap compared to the total cost of repairs.
The $10,000 tab includes about $4,000 in labor, $1,000 in equipment, $2,000 in materials and $2,500 to repave a portion of the road crews had to tear up to reach the pipes.
Anna Douglas • 803-329-4068