Special Edition: Oak and Clay Main Break

It's been three days since a water main broke near the intersection of Oak and Clay Streets in downtown Louisville, and Louisville Water Company has made significant progress in repairing that 48-inch, 100-year-old main.

Crews removed part of the pipe and are installing a new section. Repairs may last through next week, and traffic detours will remain in place around the site. Today, crews will be cleaning sidewalks and streets in the area.

The story behind a
historic water main

The main that broke near Oak and Clay was installed in 1892. Click here for more information, historic photos and an overview of how Louisville Water is maintaining its 4,200 miles of pipes.

Tips for your tap

Louisville Water's website offers details on cloudy water, flushing your water lines, and what to do if there is a boil water advisory.

What happens when a water main breaks

Starting with the first report of a break, learn what goes on behind the scenes at Louisville Water. 
Inside the control room

Although local news reports focused on what was happening at Oak and Clay, there was also a lot of activity at the Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant during the recent main break.

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