Kernersville residents want problematic water lines fixed

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Residents along Lake Ridge Drive say enough is enough with the patch work on busted water lines under their cul-de-sac.

In the past year, neighbors say the water lines, owned and managed by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, have busted three times with the latest happening on Monday. By Thursday evening the water was still flowing.

“It makes me mad,” said Libby Conrad, who says she reported the water problems to the department several times. “It’s just a waste.”

Crews assessing the damage say the pipes are old in a neighborhood built in the mid-1970s.

“They tell us they don’t have the funds,” said Christy Kite, who has also reported the water problems. “They come out, they patch it. It busts. They come out, they patch it. It busts.”

With the water removing dirt for days under the asphalt that dips when you stand on it, neighbors worry about the potential of a sink hole.

“The water is raising the dirt up and it’s all running down. Eventually is going to be a hole,” said Kite.

By Thursday evening, after neighbors called FOX8, crews were once again patching the busted water line but residents want more.

“Fix it,” said Conrad. “It’s time to quit patching it and it needs to be fixed.”

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