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Camp Bowie area may be without water till late Wednesday

Some businesses facing Camp Bowie Boulevard are expected to be without water until late Wednesday evening as city crews work to repair a broken water main, a spokeswoman said.

The outage affects water customers on the south side of Camp Bowie between Clover Lane and Watonga Street, an area about four blocks long, said Mary Gugliuzza, spokeswoman for the city's water department.

Supervisors have indicated that it might take up until 10 p.m. to complete the repairs, Gugliuzza said.

Meanwhile, she added, the residential neighborhood south of those businesses still have water.

The ruptured 20-inch water main, installed in 1927, was reported about 9 a.m. after water was seen cascading across Camp Bowie Boulevard.

The break was on a "T" leading from the 20-inch line to a 6-inch line near a city pump station, Gugliuzza said.

"With the pump station right there, the water was coming out at a good clip," Gugliuzza said.

Officials did not immediately know what caused the break, and Gugliuzza said it was unclear whether freezing temperatures Monday and Tuesday had anything to do with it.

"I think age was a contributing factor," she said. "I mean, it was 81 years old, but it has done quite well up until this point."