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Jul 21, 2014 4:26 PM by Janine Reyes

City: Water Main to Blame for Wasted Water on North Beach

CORPUS CHRISTI - Last week we caught some wasted water on the roads, when city crews did not properly maintain some of their sprinkler systems.

Today, we've got video of even more city water waste. The cause is main water line on North Beach. Leaks in that line have led to a body of water on Timon Road that could be confused for a small pond.

People who live out there say water's been pooling on the road for weeks and call after call has not resolved the problem.

Tammy Norton is an assistant manager at the RV park the street leads to. "This is thousands of gallons of water being wasted," she said, pointing to the source of the leak.

It's wasted water that city council candidate Carrie Robertson caught on camera, too. "I'm walking in it here," she said on camera, as you could hear her feet splashing in the water, "I'm walking on the road."

It's water that Norton is tired of crossing to get home. She tells us, she's called the city several times.

"Then what happens," we asked her.

"Nothing," she replied.

"Then you call again," we asked.

"We call again," she said, "same thing."

We checked in with the city. Bill Mahaffey with the water department says they have been making repairs on the line, patching problems as they surface, and with the aging infrastructure below the ground, there are plenty of problems.

Bottom line; the main needs to be replaced in that area. That involves a large construction project that he tells us engineers are designing now.

But, for Norton and others who live near it, the mess it leaves behind and torn up road beneath are just additional problems the water waste is causing.

"The big RV's when they leave our park, they can't go under the bridge because they're too tall and so they have to come this way and they don't want to go through all this mess," Norton said, "I know that there's a new breed of a different type of mosquito and I'm worried that maybe that's going to bring some of that here."

The city water department says it doesn't know just how much water is being wasted and there's no completion date for repairs, all we are told is that the construction project is being designed right now.

By the way, the other water waste we found last week is being repaired.

Stacie Talbert with Parks and Rec says they found three broken sprinkler heads causing that water waste.

The sprinkler system at Cole Park that watered more streets and sidewalks than grass is now back up and running correctly.

Two more broken sprinkler heads along Shoreline are being repaired now and that water is turned off until repairs are complete, which should be later this week.

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