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Residents in need of solution after water main breaks for third time

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Water main breaks at Del Paz and Montebello in Colorado Springs. (KOAA) Water main breaks at Del Paz and Montebello in Colorado Springs. (KOAA)
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A water main break sent water shooting into the air over nearby houses Monday morning in a Colorado Springs neighborhood just off of Del Paz and Montebello Drive.

While Springs Utilities workers were quick to patch this up and get water restored to the subdivision in a matter of a few hours, News5 found this is something neighbors have become all too familiar with.

This is what neighbors on Del Paz woke up to Monday morning and guess what? This is what happened in August of last year. Oh and check this out, this was July of 2015. 

Same block, same water main, same result.

"It went from like three feet high, just bubbling out of a little hole in the ground, like a little break, to, it launched over the house, literally over the house," Seamus O'Neill, a neighbor said.

Sending not only water, but chunks of asphalt through the air, higher than nearby houses.

"All of the sudden it was just literally like a spew, and then it splashed all the way back in the house," Meghan O'Neill, a neighbor said.

Damaging two cars on her driveway and filling her backyard with water, O'Neill has lived here for about three years now.

"Something probably does need to be done about it just so that it doesn't keep happening, I mean it's incredibly wasteful for the water to just be spewing out in such a way, I mean there was a geyser in my front walkway," she said.

Springs Utilities say this water main busted while crews were working on a water main replacement project just a few blocks away.

"The challenge is really the era that the pipe was installed so in the 1970's, they used a lot of thin walled cast iron and pipe and that pipe is really prone to corrosion," Steve Berry, a spokesperson for Colorado Springs Utilities said. "Then when it corrodes, it obviously breaks or splits or cracks."

They're working to replace that old cast iron pipe with new PVC plastic pipe along Del Paz, something to prevent this type of disaster. 

But News5 wanted to know why it took three breaks over three years to find a solution.

"It can take up to two years of planning and design before a project and of course it also has to go through a prioritization process," Berry said.

Still though, the O'Neill family worries, the repairs put in on Monday are simply a Band-Aid to a long term problem.

"I'd like to see it fixed better than that," O'Neill said.

While Springs Utilities works on the PVC replacement along Del Paz a few blocks away, they told me that it is still unclear if the water main on this block will be replaced at all.

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