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Business owner frustrated over water main breaks

Faith Egbuonu
September 25, 2019 05:57 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.— Patience is running thin for Roswell residents. Some say they have had enough of the water main breaks, and the overflow of traffic that has come with it.


“I’d like to see this project come to an end, but I see no end in sight,” said Discount City’s owner, Mark Denney.

Denney said his business has taken a huge hit over the past few months due to construction on North Garden Street.

“I’ve been in this location almost 30 years,” Denney said. “I’ve lost probably 75% or more of my business because of this tear up, and it seems to just go on.”

“The Edgewood neighborhood has been historically having a lot of main breaks,” said city engineer, Louis Najar.

Najar said they’re actively working to get the water main breaks under control, but it hasn’t been the easiest.

“This is just a very challenging project,” Najar said.

“I've lost all my north and south traffic, because the way they’ve landlocked me here,” Denney said.

However, major improvements for the Edgewood project were made Tuesday.

"With the new cross, we have four brand new valves that help us control the water system at our command,” Najar said.

Najar believes the new cross will put an end to water main breaks, compared to the old cross valves that eventually gave out.

“The old cross was rusted out,” Najar said. “All the valves are rusted and we had no control of them.”

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.


Faith Egbuonu

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