Friday, August 15 2014, 09:57 PM EDT
Bledsoe County Struggling to Repair Broken Water Line
About 200 Pikeville residents go for days without water, and administrators say, it's all because of a shoddy contractor.
Crews finally found the problem around 8 a.m. Friday fter finding a rock had cut the 25 mile line.
The leak caused more than a millions gallons of water to flow into the ground.
But while the fix is good news for almost 200 residents, Mayor Phillip Cagle says he's not rushing to celebrate.
"The sad part is that this is not going to be the end of this problem in this area because this is the sixth time we've had a problem in this area within a hundred yards in just two years," Cagle said.
The company that installed this 25 mile water line has gone bankrupt.
Mayor Cagle says that he can see why.
"This water line has caused us problems from Day 1. It was not done correctly by the contractor and it was not bedded down properly with the gravels.
A million gallons adds up to money lost for the city. Mayor Cagle says they are still adding up the damage.
"It is water that has been through our treatment facility. It's been processed. It's a lot of labor a lot of time. A lot of money in this water," Cagle said.
Rock creek got it's name because of it's rocky terrain. But the mayor says if these rocks wouldn't have been near this piping, there would be no water issues.