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Repairs completed on broken S.L. main

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Crisis averted.

The water main that broke Wednesday, threatening fire protection capacity and forcing Salt Lake residents to stop watering their lawns, has been fixed.

Mayor Rocky Anderson and Salt Lake County Commissioner Brent Overson lifted an outdoor watering moratorium, effective Friday. All of Salt Lake City and part of unincorporated Salt Lake County east of 1300 East down to Sandy were affected by the broken pipe.

The 42-inch main, the primary water supply to the Victory Road reservoir north of the Capitol, began leaking at 1820 South and 3370 West late Wednesday. The reservoir serves downtown, the west side and the airport.

Water maintenance crews excavating around the pipe found that the bolts holding a drain valve had failed, disconnecting the valve from the pipe. Repairs were completed Thursday afternoon.

When the pipe was shut down for repairs, system adjustments were made to compensate for the lost supply, requiring emergency conservation throughout the system, which stretches south to Sandy.

The reservoir had dropped from a full level of 26.5 feet to 2.5 feet due to the break. By Friday morning the reservoir was up to 23 feet, according to Leroy Hooton, director of public utilities for Salt Lake City.

"We've had a splendid cooperation throughout the service area," Hooton said.

Cooler temperatures (Thursday's high reached 95 degrees) and spotty rain showers also helped, Hooton said.