facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Minneapolis water main a 14M-gallon gusher

Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Minneapolis officials said Friday testing would be done to assure the safety of drinking water after a main break flooded streets a day earlier.

Fourteen million gallons of water gushed out Thursday after a construction backhoe broke a main water line, turning at least one street into a waist-deep river, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The cost of the incident -- which flooded a number of vehicles, shut down businesses and left a large portion of the city without water for a time -- had yet to be tallied. A few businesses were expected to be without water until Sunday, the newspaper said.

The broken pipe, buried under debris and dirt, had yet to be uncovered and repaired.

City officials assured residents the water remained potable because pressure in the system kept it moving toward the break, rather than allowing back flow that might contaminate the water supply across a wider area.

The city was to test the water within a several-block radius to reassure people.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Firing range instructor shot by 9-year-old girl dies
2
Bodies of missing family found in Oregon lake
3
California man Douglas McCain killed fighting alongside Islamic State in Syria
4
Lightning kills police dog in Florida
5
Fight over passenger's Knee Defender led to emergency landing
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback