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New Water Pipe In DeKalb County Remains Offline After Massive Break

A water main broke on Buford Highway last Wednesday.
A water main broke on Buford Highway last Wednesday.
Credit Al Such / WABE

DeKalb County officials say they’re still testing the new water main installed after last week’s massive break.

It took two days to install the new pipeline and lift the countywide boil water advisory after last week’s 48-inch water main break.

The break flooded parts of Buford Highway in Doraville. Schools and government offices shut down that day as a result.

The newly repaired section isn’t fully operational just yet. Officials said water was still being diverted around the repaired section.

The county also said this was the first time this water main has broken.

Last week, DeKalb’s CEO said the county would investigate whether or not this line had experienced any problems in the past. However, officials said there was a leak to a smaller service line in the area.

County officials said they’ll continue to look into their response time to the break and water system demands on this section of pipe. The water main services the Scott Candler Water Plant.