It could take two to three weeks to repair a 24-inch main that has been pouring water into Southside streets since Wednesday morning, officials say.
Tennessee American Water crews closed off most of the valves feeding the main early Thursday morning, although water flowed down Cowart Street the rest of the day because of one cracked valve, said John S. Watson, president of the water company.
The main was struck by an AT&T subcontractor drilling near the intersection of Cowart and 14th Street before noon Wednesday.
After the water is completely turned off and the company deems that the area is safe for workers to dig, they'll start repairs.
"It isn't like flipping a switch," said Watson. "We had to maintain water for our customers throughout the city while finding ways to reroute its path."
Though many businesses experienced periods of extreme low pressure Wednesday, Watson said water has been routed through other mains throughout the city and businesses should be back to their normal pressure tonight.
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