Water leak repairs at Petersburg elementary school to disrupt service for area residents

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg residents who live in the area of Pleasant Lane and Valor Street will have their water service temporarily interrupted Tuesday evening while crews work to repair a minor water leak at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School.

Residents complained Monday about going two full days without clean water.

b2b1e9a258ad43d28b31b44eddb9a367“They call it a minor water leak?” asked John Curtis, who lives near the school. “If so, why is it going to take them two days to fix a minor water leak?”

Curtis said that around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, he noticed his water was running brown and at a low pressure.

He told 8News that he filled his bathtub nearly 10 times before the water began running clear again. He later called neighbors, warning them not to use the water.

“Don’t cook with, it don’t’ drink it, don’t even bathe in it until we find out more about it.”

In front of the school Monday, water rolled down the road and into a nearby creek.


“The creek is managing to drain it off but the road is halfway blocked up,” said Curtis, who had hoped crews would start work on the problem Monday evening or early Tuesday morning.


However, a city spokesperson said it would be 5 p.m. Tuesday before repairs on the leak get underway, telling 8News the city did not want noise from the repairs to interfere with school operations.

“That’s going to be 48 hours without water,” Curtis added. “We don’t know if it’s safe to drink or cook with.”

The Petersburg Department of Public Works and Utilities plans to begin repairs Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. Water service will be interrupted until 8 p.m., impacting roughly 20-25 households on Pleasant Lane and Valor Street.

If utility customers have questions, they may call 804-732-4222.

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