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No quick fix for Amarillo's pipe problems

"Overall the city's infrastructure has aged faster than it's been repaired," says city water superintendent Floyd Hartman "Overall the city's infrastructure has aged faster than it's been repaired," says city water superintendent Floyd Hartman

Crews have wrapped up repairs after a water main break left some downtown businesses dry for several hours Friday. Newschannel 10 has learned old age is linked to pipe problems plaguing Amarillo in recent weeks.

We also found out what the city is doing about it. When it comes to keeping Amarillo's water mains in shape, crews have to play catch up. "Overall the city's infrastructure has aged faster than it's been repaired," says city water superintendent Floyd Hartman. He says the pipe that gushed water this afternoon is around eighty years old. And about sixty miles of Amarillo pipeline have been underground for that many years or longer.

"The city has a lot of pipes that need alot of repair." Hartman notes water main breaks have become more common this year, and it will take about ten years to replace all the old pipeline.  It's a timeline some don't want to wait for. "I really don't know how long it takes to fix a water pipe but five to ten years does seem a little excessive," says Matthew Charles. Hartman explains pipe replacement is a slow process by nature because they're not exactly easy to reach.

They have to dig in without hitting other utility lines.  He hopes targeting the city's old mains over the next decade will prevent more scenes like the one on tenth street.

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