SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Water System cut service to more than 600 customers Saturday night to repair a leaking water main pipe on the Far Northeast Side. Thousands more were expected to experience lower water pressure.
"We'll be working all night on it, trying to complete the replacement before people really need that water again tomorrow (Sunday)," said Anne Hayden, SAWS spokeswoman.
Crews discovered the problem near Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road. The 48-inch main moves water from north of 1604 into the area near Judson and Nacogdoches Road.
Hayden said the repair could take 12 to 24 hours from when the work got underway about 9 p.m. Saturday.
"It's going to devastate us pretty bad because we can't take showers for 24 hours," said Tim McFarland, who lives on Vista Park Drive. "There's going to be some nasty people in the house."
McFarland and the four generations living in his household were filling bathtubs Saturday evening. They also filled about a dozen containers with water.
"I'm disappointed that I got just short notice that they're going to shut my water off," McFarland said. "It's going to be gone for so long. That's a long time to be without water."
SAWS called affected residents on Saturday. The complete water outage was expected to impact about 650 people in the Vista subdivision off Judson Road just inside Loop 1604. Workers set up a station to give out bottled water Saturday.
Crews also reduced water pressure for another 5,750 people in northeast San Antonio. The low-pressure area affects residents in a large area around Stahl and Judson Roads, according to a map SAWS provided. Customers in that area are asked to stop outdoor watering and to avoid filling pools to ensure sufficient water service.
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