SW Topekans Urged To Conserve Water

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - People in southwest Topeka are being asked to conserve water while crews work to repair a transmission line.

City Water officials say an 18-inch water transmission line broke near SW 37th and Belle. As of 2 pm Monday, crews were preparing to shut it down for repairs.

The transmission line feeds the Sherwood Water Tower at SW 39th and Indian Hills Road. That tower is the water source for home and business in southwest Topeka, including rural water districts.

“We are coordinating the pumps at our pump stations and closing selected valves so that the fewest customers possible will be affected by the break,” Braxton Copley, Director of the Office of Utilities and Transportation, said.

Copley asked people in the area to use water sparingly while crews made the repairs. It was expected to take 4 to 6 hours.

People driving in the area of the break should expect lane closures along SW 37th during the repairs.

The transmission line is among more than a dozen breaks which crews are working to repair. City officials report 20 water main breaks over the weekend. Nine still needed repairs Monday, plus five more breaks, including the transmission line, happened Monday.