Before repairing a break, Spotsylvania County Utilities contacts Virginia 811 to locate and mark other utility lines (electric, gas, cable, etc.) that may be in close proximity to a damaged water main. After determining the exact location of the water main break, a Spotsylvania County Utility repair crew uses heavy equipment like a backhoe to excavate the affected area. If water needs to be turned off for a water main break repair, customers will receive little or no notice. The water can flood streets and private property causing damage and safety hazards and must be controlled as quickly as possible.
If a water main break is repaired beneath a roadway, the crew will cover the excavation site with gravel and sometimes a temporary asphalt patch. Depending on weather conditions, a Spotsylvania County Utility contractor will repave the impacted section of the road within six to eight weeks.