Water line break in Mt. Juliet causes flooding issues

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On Friday, a decades-old water pipe burst near a man’s home in Mount Juliet sending gallons of water rushing through his yard.  

The homeowner spoke with News 2 on Saturday about the incident.  

“This is the third time it’s happened this year,” said David Hamilton.  

The water line break happened on Saundersville Ferry Road in Mt. Juliet – which intersects with Vanderbilt Road.  

The line break sent water flowing from Saundersville Ferry Road to Hamilton’s property on Vanderbilt.  

Hamilton told News 2 that the first two times the water line broke, he was away from home. This most recent time, on August 24 he heard the pipe burst from inside his house.  

“You just hear an explosion and the asphalt gets blown out,” said Hamilton  

News 2 reached out to West Wilson Utility District about the water line break. Michael Clay, a public relations spokesman for the company, gave a series of bullet points about the issue. 

  • The pipe that burst on August 24 was a transite pipe, made out of cement that was put in the ground on or about 1964  

  • West Wilson Utility District has plans to replace the older lines in their system, but they are starting with the smallest lines first – so fire hydrants can be installed in those areas. 

  • In late 2017, West Wilson Utility District began replacing some of their water lines.  

  • At the moment, West Wilson Utility District has no time frame for when the water line on Saundersville Ferry Road will be replaced. The process of getting easements and plans submitted takes time.  

  • Pipes are susceptible to burst due to changing seasons or due to age.  

To see photos of the water line break, view the gallery above.  

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