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    The Coal Mine Shopping Center parking lot became a miniature lake on April 2 when a privately-owned service line supplying water to the Ace Hardware and Goodwill Store broke resulting in the parking lot being flooded with up to three feet of water in some areas.

    Platte Canyon was alerted to the problem by the Littleton Fire Department early Saturday morning.  District crews immediately responded to investigate the cause of the flooding.  According to Scott Hand, Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District’s Operations Supervisor, the leak was caused by a break in a privately owned water service line that is connected to the District’s water main.  This break caused water to be spilled onto the shopping center’s parking lot.  Further exacerbating the problem, the parking lot’s drainage system that normally would allow water to drain from the parking lot was not working.

    Upon locating the cause of the failure, District crews turned the water off at the main preventing further flooding and Mr. Hand notified the management company for the shopping center who is responsible for repairing and maintaining the service lines and drainage system.  Unfortunately it took the management company over eight hours to respond to Mr. Hand’s call.

    The management company hired a private contractor to repair the damaged service line.  The repairs were completed on Thursday, April 7, 2016.  Water service was restored to all tenants affected by the outage and water was pumped out of the parking lot and hauled off.

    The District encourages customers to report unusual water situations to the District by contacting us immediately at 303-979-2333, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Your vigilance helps the District respond to emergency situations in a timely manner thereby preventing water waste and potential costly property damage.