The roar of concrete cutters was loud and clear Tuesday afternoon on East First by Cooper Tire and Pizza Hut.


The roar of concrete cutters was loud and clear Tuesday afternoon on East First by Cooper Tire and Pizza Hut.

An old water line that fed Pizza Hut was leaking and water was coming up out of the pavement at First and Howard.

City water crews blocked one lane of west bound traffic as cut up the curb and gutter to get to the broken line, said Russ Rambat, Pratt public works director.

Then a backhoe was used to remove the concrete and load it into a city truck to haul the broken concrete away.

Water crews were expected to use a mole, an underground air pressured digging tool, to dig a hole for the new water line. Usually the old line is left in the ground and a new line is laid beside the old one. Sometimes the old line is pulled out and the new line is hooked to the old line and pulled through.

Whichever method is used water was still feeding into Pizza Hut during the digging operation and keeping them active, Rambat said.

The only time the business was without water was during a brief time when the new line was connected during the lightest part of the business day.

The line was replaced up to the Pizza Hut water meter connection. The line from the meter to the business was not a problem.

Cooper Tire was not affected by the break.

The feeder line for the businesses goes under First Street from the south side. The leak appeared either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Water crews began working on the problem first thing Tuesday morning.

Water from a leaking pipe can erode the ground underneath the highway. Without the dirt under the highway, the heavy traffic can cause breakage problems so those types of leaks are handled quickly.

“If it’s under the highway we definitely want to jump on that,” Rambat said. “We don’t want to compromise the highway.”