The water main broke at Henderson Mill and Evans roads. (Courtesy DeKalb County)
The water main broke at Henderson Mill and Evans roads. (Courtesy DeKalb County)

After more than three days of low water pressure or no water at all, DeKalb County’s water system slowly returned to normal Sunday afternoon. Residents and businesses took to social media to complain about DeKalb’s lack of communication and how a county mower hitting a fire hydrant could knock out water to a county of more than 700,000 people for such an extended period. DeKalb commissioners told the AJC that they would be looking into the response made by the county to the situation.

DeKalb County Watershed Management said the water main at Henderson Mill and Evans roads is finally fixed, but it took until Sunday afternoon for water pressure to return and there were scattered outages. Most of Decatur’s busy restaurants and bars were serving bottled water and had limited menus over the weekend. Some closed altogether because of no water for cooking, cleaning or restrooms.

The boil water advisory for the county has been lifted.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

3 replies on “Update: DeKalb water main repaired, but questions linger about response”

  1. It is 12:36pm on Sunday, July 26, 2015 and my home still has no water. Not even a trickle. This is unacceptable! In the past year, the county has been on my street “repairing” the same line multiple times. The infrastructure of the water system in DeKalb is outdated and aging at a rate not compatible with a county of close to a million residents and countless businesses. What are your plans to keep this from happening in the future? As a tax paying citizen, I want some answers.

  2. We need water four times more than we need food. One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. It takes 24,000 gallons of water to put one inch of rain on one acre of land. Never underestimate the worth and power of Nature’s basic building block!!–Tom Reilly, National Wildlife Federation

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