Alexandria Utility System Crews Responding to 16″ Water Main Leak on Applewhite Street

Alexandria Utility System (“AUS”) Water Department crews responded to calls concerning an apparent water leak on April 26 around 1:30 pm on Applewhite St. near its intersection with 9th St. Upon arrival crews determined the 16″ water main along Applewhite St. was leaking heavily causing localized street flooding. Crews worked to isolate the area of the leak and excavate the line in order to make repairs. Repairs were expected to last well into the evening and night tonight. Customers along Applewhite St. between 7th and 10th Streets were advised they would be without water service until repairs were completed.

Customers in the vicinity of the leak as well as in the downtown area may have noticed a temporary drop in water pressure that has now stabilized. System pressure will continue to build and return to normal levels as the system’s elevated storage tanks refill overnight. At this time there are no boil advisories or orders as a results of the leak. The City is also aware some customers are experiencing discolored water at this time; this is a result of increased production to compensate for water lost to the leak; the City will begin flushing main lines to eliminate the discoloration once system pressure returns to near normal levels. Customers are requested to report discolored water complaints via the AlexConnects app.