Odessa city officials are still investigating what caused a massive water line break that left the city without water for 48 hours last month. But they have shared an important detail: the water line was about 60 years old.
“Aging water systems are common across the country,” said Thomas Kerr, director of public services for Odessa, during a news conference the day after the line broke. “It’s often difficult for municipalities to be able to manage those systems as they age. That is the situation we find ourselves in.”