UPDATE: Rehoboth Beach Water Service Disruption

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UPDATE (10 p.m., July 16): Officials in Rehoboth Beach say repairs have been made to the water system that reduced the water supply to areas south of Coastal Highway and east of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

The issue was this spot adjacent to the Coastal Highway bridge over the canal near the city’s water tower on Lincoln Street.  According to Kevin Williams, public works director, a contractor working on the bridge had been excavating for a new manhole/catch basin and exposed one of the city’s water mains.

Construction crews worked into the evening Thursday to help support a water main that had been excavated by a contractor. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

The main was not adequately supported and started to displace, he said, so the workers were trying to get it realigned and supported properly so hopefully it would not rupture.  The city cut the water off in that area to make the adjustments without pressure in the pipe. Water was restored at 9:45 p.m. 

a contractor working on the bridge had been excavating for a new manhole/catch basin and exposed one of the city’s water mains. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney

ORIGINAL POST: Parts of Rehoboth Beach are temporarily without water service or experiencing low water pressure.

Customers impacted are south of Route 1 and east of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Officials with the City of Rehoboth say a problem develped with the water distribution system.

Customers throughout the system may have low water pressure until repairs are completed this evening. Affected customers are urged to immediately discontinue non-essential water use including outdoor irrigation and washing of cars.