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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Oleander closures continue after 3rd water main break in a week


UPDATE FROM CFPUA NEWS RELEASE: CFPUA crews have identified the water leak on Oleander Dr. @ 41st St. and are in the process of making corrective repairs. The diverted traffic pattern will remain until work is complete. An old, abandoned galvanized service pipe was identified as the source of the leak.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- More water worries in Wilmington. Another water main ripped open today; this one at the intersection of Oleander Drive and 41st Street.

Around 2 p.m. drivers say the asphalt bubbled up like a speed bump. The water main break forced police to close two eastbound lanes on Oleander for hours. The rupture had a lot of people worried about their water service.

"It's not good, 'cause business hasn't been that good 'cause of the economy, so anything like this hurts business a bit so," said Bradley Goodman, who owns Tazy's Burgers & Grill nearby.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said the water main break did not affect water service, but it has affected traffic. Earlier today dispatchers suggest finding a different route if you usually take Oleander.

This water main break follows two last week, including one outside the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant Friday that led to a boil water advisory and water use restrictions most of the weekend.

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14% increase

i guess im paying highly too much for my water service so people in suits can keep their jobs and not using the money to fix our main problems and also all the new trucks they bought, last time i checked trucks are not called sewer or water pipe improvments. Looks like another bill saffo and city concuil lying to make you pay more, so they can spend more on theirselves.

Stimulating CFPUA

Rather than build a cross town bike path for millions of dollars, why wasn't the money used for infrastructure projects? The answer may be the same as why past and present city councils and county commissioners did not spend the money to properly maintain the system before creating the CFPUA political shield. Follow the money.

If you really want to investigate

41st and Oleander? They JUST repaired this water main not 5 months ago. Ask why was the work done so poorly to begin with.

They repaired the SEWER line

They repaired the SEWER line on 41st & Peachtree. Don't comment if you don't know!

Thomas the plumber was right

Someone posted the other day that a plumber friend of theirs said other mains were likely to break. Looks like he nailed it!

wow...what does this city

wow...what does this city spend our tax money on? a 90-year-old water pipe? awesome