OTTUMWA — Ottumwans might have noticed a lack of water pressure Thursday afternoon, and the reason behind it was a water main struck by crews working on the Pennsylvania Avenue Reconstruction Project. Luckily, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
According to Tim Albert and Mike Harward of Ottumwa Water and Hydro, the contractors struck one of the main water lines running through the north side of the city while they were digging at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Jefferson Street. They said water pressure was affected briefly to just about the entire north side of Ottumwa, including the Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
The strike was forceful enough to create a rather extensive hole in the piping, but the crews were able to fix the issue before it created extensive damage and problems.
Albert and Harward said the line that was struck serves as one of the main arteries for the water system on the north side, so when it is ruptured nearly the whole north side of the city was affected, at least temporarily.
The water pressure was back to normal by the early evening Thursday, and no lasting effects should be felt.