Downtown businesses impacted by Louisville Water Company work on Main Street
Water was shut off to six or seven businesses, and Main Street was torn up Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --The kids inside the Kentucky Science Center depend on water to enjoy their experience. On Wednesday afternoon though, it was shut off. The Science Center was forced to close its doors at 1:30 p.m.
"It's the restrooms, it's the sprinkler system, it's all those little things that add up, and you just can't run a business without the water running," said Gil Reyes with the Science Center.
The Science Center wasn't alone. The Louisville Water Company says six or seven businesses in the 700 block of Main Street were affected for a good reason.
"MSD has an aging line that runs downtown on Seventh Street that carries 40 percent of the waste for the city," said MarySusan Abell with the Louisville Water Company. "Because that is in danger of collapsing, we have to make sure our water mains can be shut off at a moments notice."
Crews opened up the street and got to work on an important valve Wednesday morning.
The MSD pipe is the same one that runs from Butchertown to downtown Louisville. It's putting thousands of businesses at risk, and the director of MSD calls it a public health and safety issue.
It's also the same pipe that has MSD asking for a rate increase and caused a collapse at Main and Hancock Streets last summer.
Wednesday's work was expected to wrap up before sunset. Businesses like the Science Center are feeling lucky. Several field trips and some 600 kids are expected to flood every floor of the place Thursday.
"If the water company can fix the issue now, then they wont be closing the road down for long periods of time, and that will certainly be better for us," Reyes said.
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