Water main repaired

by: Leslie Coursey Updated:


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JEA crews have replaced a broken water pipe that interrupted service for some Downtown homes and businesses Friday. 

JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce said the pipe burst because the soil underneath it shifted. 

"We started getting calls around 6 o'clock this morning with either low or no pressure. And it affected a fairly large number of businesses in the Downtown area," she said.

Boyce listed nearly a dozen huge companies affected -- from EverBank Field to EverBank Tower on Riverside Avenue.

The outage even sparked some Twitter teasing among the Jaguars, with kicker Josh Scobee tweeting "Good start to training camp... no running water, no flushing toilets, no air conditioning. Well played, Gus, well played."

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley laughed at the comment saying, "One of our rules is no whining, no complaining, and no excuses. That is rule number two. That was challenged today and we had to make sure there were no rule two violators."

CSX asked it's nearly 1,800 employees to work from home Friday morning as a precaution.  The company worried the low water pressure would affect it's fire suppression system.  Water was restored mid-morning.  And by noon, it's offices were open.

"A little bit of a hiccup. Could have been much worse," said CSX spokesperson Gary Sease.

JEA says the water is safe to use.  No boil water advisory was issued.  JEA said the break didn't meet the criteria, which includes the time the outage lasted and the number of people affected.