Independence urges water conservation after break in key pipe

One of four main transmission lines that provide water to homes and businesses in Independence ruptured Thursday, prompting city officials to ask customers to conserve water.

People are asked to avoid outdoor watering and other unnecessary uses in order to assure an adequate supply for essential needs and for fire protection.

A contractor has been hired and will work through the night to make repairs as quickly as possible, said Dan Montgomery, water systems director for Independence. People are asked to continue conservation measures until the city announces the repair is complete.

Montgomery said the water supply remains safe to consume.

The broken pipe is a 30-inch steel main that carries water from the Courtney Bend Water Treatment Plant. Officials aren’t sure but believe the break in the pipe is related to dry soil conditions. The water department has been dealing with twice as many breaks as normal this summer.