Residents near 212 lose water to main break

COVINGTON - A water main break left more than 100 homes south of Ga. Highway 212 without water for most of Tuesday afternoon.

Residents in the Four Woods, The Downs, Buckingham and Barrington subdivisions, and along Oak Hill and Butler Bridge roads, were affected by the break, according to a recorded message on the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's answering service.

Executive Director Mike Hopkins estimated that between 100 and 150 homes were affected.

Crews were wrapping up repairs late Tuesday afternoon, with service expected to be restored by about 7 p.m., Hopkins said.

Hopkins said he did not know what time the break occurred but that he received notification around 2:30 p.m.

He classified the break, caused by a pipe malfunction, as minor and said minimal water was lost because the crew was able to valve off the flow right away. Extra efforts are being made to attend to leaks quickly due to the drought, Hopkins said in an earlier interview.

"One thing about pipes is that they're not going to wait until it's convenient for us. They'll bust on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, during the drought and every other time. That's the nature of the water business," he said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.