News12 First at Five/ 4-2-14
AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- For years, neighbors in the Marion Homes Subdivision in East Augusta have been plagued with pipe problems.
Last summer four different water lines broke in one week.
Crews had to close the entrance to the neighborhood and dozens went without water for days.
"Sometimes it lasts maybe a day or two," homeowner Roman Gilpen said.
Water closing became all too familiar for people who live in the Marion Homes Subdivision near East Boundary.
"We have no water until it gets fixed. Once they shut it off there is no water in these houses until they fix the pipes," Gilpen said.
Gilpen and his dog have lived in this area for years. He said he's dealt with water issues for about 10 years.
"They always come and you know work on it. They dig up the pipes and stuff," he said.
It's been patched up several times but with 50 to 60-year-old pipes the issues continue.
"They've been having to deal with a rash of breaks over the years. We've got a pipe in a bad shape," Utilities Director Tom Weidmeier said.
Augusta Commissioners are spending close to $650,000 to stop the flow of problems. City leaders voted to have a contractor install a new water main.
"We originally planned to do our water line replacement in conjunction with the drainage project. It's gotten so bad we decided to move forward with our water line before the larger project," Weidmeier said.
"It makes me feel great knowing that they are finally going to do something about it. It makes me feel great," Gilpen said.
Gilpen said he's thankful this issue will be washed away.