Chattanooga City Council has questions about water main break
The Chattanooga City Council still has questions about the water main break and the continuing issues with Tennessee American Water.
Councilman Anthony Byrd believes years of issues with the water system led to this water main break. He holds the water company accountable for what happened.
"I don't hold them to perfection, but I do hold them to making it right. So if the former leadership or the people that's in position now, I hold you to that accountability to make this right,” Byrd said.
Councilwoman Carol Berz asked public works about a drafted study done a decade ago by the city on the water system.
The study pointed out several issues with pipes in certain locations and the cost to replace them.
Justin Holland, director of public works, says the study would be considered dated, but Berz thinks there is more to it.
"I just think we lost something. We are the victim of unintended consequences that has nothing to do with you (city),” Berz said.
The water company said in a statement on Tuesday the break was noticed during a planned maintenance project being done to enhance the resilience of the transmission system.
Former Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield has been outspoken about the water company's issues and suggested during his time in office to make changes. Littlefield says those changes never happened.
“I could give anyone a long list of the failures that have occurred in my time in government which dates back to the 70's,” Littlefield said.
Byrd supports any idea to help fix Chattanooga’s water system.
"If this problem is something that can affect us five to 10 years from now, we have to react. We have to do everything we can as a city, and I'm 100% on board to spend or do whatever we have to do to partner and make this right,” Byrd said.
Mayor Andy Berke says he plans to meet with Tennessee American Water officials to discuss the water main break but no date has been set for the meeting.
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