Posted: Dec 5, 2012 4:30 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2012 12:51 AM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A water main break at Alamo's water plant has left 5,000 customers with low water pressure.
Alamo City Manager Luciano Ozuna said the break likely happened when a 20-inch pipe became loose Tuesday night.
Ozuna said the problem generally would be fixed quickly, but the city could not find replacement parts anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley.
He said the parts had to be ordered from San Antonio.
In the meantime, the city is taking steps to maintain some pressure in the system.
"We have another small service pump that is pumping pressure, but not enough," Ozuna said.
"We contacted the city of San Juan and they came through for us. We have an interconnection for these types of emergencies, and right now they're supplying us with some water and pressure," Ozuna said.
Ozuna said the pressure may be low, but it keeps water flowing to customers' taps. He said there is no need to boil the water.
He said a new pipe was being manufactured Wednesday. The pipe should be shipped Thursday, he said.