AMARILLO, Texas — A pipeline break has forced utility officials to turn to a reservoir to keep water flowing to more than 200,000 people in the Texas Panhandle.
Larry West with Amarillo's water department says crews worked Monday to replace a 35-foot section of pipeline. West told The Associated Press that the pipeline should reopen by Monday night.
West says Amarillo has relied on water from a reservoir since the break was reported Sunday morning. The pipeline line from the well field to the city of nearly 190,000 also supplies Canyon, with about 15,000 residents.
West says the line, built in the 1950s, has deteriorated. He declined to speculate on whether dry ground, due to the drought, contributed to the break at a site about five miles from Amarillo.