Frozen water main in Knox leaves homeowners without running water


A dozen homes have been without water for a dozen days.

There are parts of a subdivision in Knox that have been without running water for a couple of weeks.

The Mayor of Knox says some of the pipes are frozen and connected to a city water main under a deep freeze.

One street, Spruce Drive, at the Parkview subdivision in Knox was hit the hardest. At least a dozen homes don't have running water along the street.

The mayor says a water main is frozen along with some of the pipes connected to the homes. The homes were built during the World War II era and the water main wasn't buried deep enough to avoid unusually cold weather.

Neighbors have been buying water or staying with friends or family until the pipes thaw.

The mayor says that might not happen until March.
Knox Mayor Rick Chambers says, “It's been an extremely cold winter, the worst January I've ever seen. The extended cold continues to push the frost down into the ground, surrounding communities are having the same problems. It's not unique.”

Christy Clemons says they haven’t had running water for two weeks. “We get to pack water every day, heat water in the stove, take laundry other places. It's been terrible."

When it warms up, the city will connect hoses to fire hydrants and provide water to the homes that way.

For now the city says they can't do that because the hoses will freeze.


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