Q. What’s up with the city of Wilmington and getting water leaks fixed? There is water bubbling up at the corner of North 12th Street and Market Street, as well as at South 13th and Market streets under the pedestrian overpass. One leak I have seen for at least a month and the other four months. I have called to report the leaks and the only solution I have seen is putting out orange cones.
A. The matter is actually being handled by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, not the city of Wilmington.
The authority is aware of both the leaks, said Mike McGill, a spokesman. The areas are the remaining pieces of a repair effort that began in December, he said.
“This project entailed much needed water system improvements, including an immediate need for valve replacement and new hydrants,” he said, in an email.
McGill explained that the work has been conducted on the weekends to accommodate New Hanover High School. Because of its proximity to the school, the authority cannot set up a construction zone while school activities are ongoing, he said.
“Sometimes when conducting repairs, we need to triage the situation and make a decision as to whether or not it requires immediate, emergency repair,” he said. In this case, the leaks are not of a size that require emergency work.
“We hope to have the project completed shortly and we apologize for the inconvenience,” he said.
Date posted: January 7, 2013
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