At Noon, Grand Prairie Will Run Out of Water [Updated]

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Update on August 14: The crisis appears to be over:

Update at 1:01 p.m.: Grand Prairie officials now say the might make it through the current crisis without losing water.

"We're not out of the woods yet," Ron McCuller, the city's public works director, told the Morning News.

Crews are ahead of schedule making repairs. The city is still urging residents to conserve water and only shower if absolutely necessary.

Original post: McCuller said the city is getting water from Mansfield and also has a connection with Fort Worth, in addition to the emergency wells that were activated. It's also helped that watering restrictions were already in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

At an obscenely early hour this morning, crews from all the local TV stations descended on what by then was a gaping hole in a grassy field near Carrier Parkway and Camp Wisdom Road in Grand Prairie. They were there to cover a broken water line, of which there have been a lot in recent weeks as temperatures spike and the ground dries. But none have been quite so severe as this.

"We will run out of water by noon," city of Grand Prairie spokeswoman Amy Sprinkles told The Dallas Morning News. "It is inevitable unless everybody stops everything, which isn't realistic."

The break came in a 60-inch concrete line used to pipe 90 percent of the city's water supply from Dallas. The city will rely on well water as much as possible and is urging residents to drink bottled water, refrain from watering lawns, and use only whatever is necessary for basic personal hygiene.

"This is an emergency," public works director Ron McCuller told NBC 5. "We need to take drastic action to make sure we have fire protection because fire risk is high at this time of year."

There's been no definitive word on the cause of the break -- the combination of dry weather and shifting soil is thought to be the culprit. Officials say the problem may not be resolved until Friday, which is an incredibly long time to go without water.

Godspeed, Grand Prairie. Here's hoping we see you on the other side.


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43 comments
director21
director21

How strange that Carrier parkway and Camp Wisdom road is VERY close to where Chesapeake Energy drilled and fraced the Corn Valley A1H well a couple of years ago only 850 feet from the spillway of Joe Pool Reservoir. Fracturing shale layers can have many unforeseen adverse effects on infrastructure such as dams, spillways, pipelines, water mains and other critical appurtenances.

I am not saying that fracing was related to this water main failure because I just do not know, but it should definitely be investigated as a possible contributing factor.

Patrick Baird
Patrick Baird

Amy "Sprinkles" works for the water dept.? Funny.

RoBerts ErIc
RoBerts ErIc

yet farmers in arlington that had rain barrels for rain water harvesting get their barrels confiscated ------------amazing

bifftannen
bifftannen

Nobody actually bathes in Grand Prairie. They won't even notice when the water runs out.

Dave Beavers
Dave Beavers

Exactly. Those same folks will be the ones coming to you for help when something like this happens. And sorrowfully, I will have to turn most away. Me and my family come first.

Patsy Patten
Patsy Patten

I was going to comment on the Sprinkles name. Too obvious for this topic!!

J_A_
J_A_

Only shower if necessary? It's 99 degrees outside! GP will be very stinky tonite.

John Booth
John Booth

Amy should stop the Sprinkles ????

John A Escalona
John A Escalona

Maybe they'll install some filtration on that crap water going through the lines in GP. And people bathe in that also. Yuck.

Osvaldo Garcia
Osvaldo Garcia

Just an idea from a person who is in the home remodelling business. Why the hell do people go for grass, its texas, you can't even leave you'd dog outside let alone maintain a dam lawn in this weather. Majority of businesses and homeowners don't realize how much water is wasted and how expensive it can get.

Brian Harshaw
Brian Harshaw

My office is in North Grand Prairie. Better hit the can really fast before there is no water to flush!!

Misty Parker
Misty Parker

Well, looks like two people beat me to that observation...

Misty Parker
Misty Parker

Grand Prairie's spokesperson on water issues is named Amy Sprinkles? Awesome.

Cyndi Lopez
Cyndi Lopez

Nice. I think one of the main water mains broke that supplies 90% of the city. I took a shower this morning! : ) I guess I will just work out and shower at LA Fitness very very early the next few days! Geez

Tyler Atnip
Tyler Atnip

Does anyone else find irony in the fact that the city/ water spokesperson is named Amy Sprinkles?

Andi López
Andi López

Did they run out? Did stopping everything work?

wcvemail
wcvemail

It's unfortunate that "shovel-ready" didn't include the many long-known, easily engineered infrastructure needs around the country such as this. (60" pipe is big, but the technology is mature and the work is simple.) Instead, we got honorific airports in podunk towns, with lifetime subsidies, and a buncha buncha social grants.

Manny Martinez
Manny Martinez

What they need to do is tell all the idiots who water yards or have sprinklers set in the middle of the day! To stop it! It's not watering your yard, just wasting water. Water after 8pm!!!

David Mims
David Mims

When a city runs out of water, isn't that saying it's over the limit on what it has pre-purchased? Like going over on a cell phone data plan.

dallaskjg
dallaskjg

Switching to vodka, in case it will help.

Kat Korpse
Kat Korpse

This is exactly why I stock pile food and water. And people call me crazy because I'll never need it.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Not too far from drilling and proposed drilling sites.  But those pipes never break.  Right?  


Right?

wcvemail
wcvemail

@David Mims Not in this case. The phone is busted. But I take your point, that the usual limits from the upstream provider are well planned and contractually defined, and so can be exceeded by paying more to use more.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Cristina Shelby "Horses sweat, men perspire, ladies glow." In fact, modern, hard-working ladies also glisten. OTOH, ladies who don't work out hard just flush. We KNOW you were gonna glisten and not just flush, right?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Snoopzilla @dallasdrilling.wordpress.com 

You do realize, Snoopy, that every drop of fresh water, regardless of where it comes from, is one less drop of freshwater available to all of us from what, for now - at least, is an essentially closed system, don't you?

We may eventually be able to tap into the oceans and desalinate water on a grand enough scale to make it economically feasible, but that is not the reality now and probably won't be for a very looooong time to come, and even then it  will likely be a huge economic and technological burden on humanity. Why would you encourage that?

As a species, we could survive without easy access to natural gas. We cannot survive without plentiful fresh water.

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