North Las Vegas neighborhood endures more water woes
Over the last two days, a water main has broken twice leaving one North Las Vegas neighborhood without water both times. Video by ktnv.comvideo
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The sound of running water is the sound of relief for Selene Munoz. Two water pipe bursts in her North Las Vegas neighborhood left residents without water for nearly two days.
"Well you couldn't clean or anything," Munoz said.
Both breaks took more than nine hours to fix, leaving more than 40 families without water in the summer heat.
"I hope they fix it because it's too hot!" resident Mara Sora said.
Crews spent the day repairing the broken pipes under Ellis Street and testing the water pressure.
The city said a change in the water pressure may have caused the first break and that triggered the second rupture just a few feet away.
The city said the pipes under Ellis Street are 49 years old, some of the oldest in the area. But, there haven't been any problems in the past.
"There has been discussion about replacing the entire main," said North Las Vegas Operations Manager Kirk Medina. "But at this point we've not seen any evidence that shows the entire main needs to be replaced."
For now residents are enjoying running water but their ordeal isn't over yet. The city shut off water for the third time Thursday afternoon as crews replace a portion of the busted pipe.
Medina said water will be shut down for four to eight hours as the pipe is replaced.