In early May 2018, the local airport in Okaloosa County experienced a significant water service pressure drop. The Water and Sewer Department determined that the loss of pressure was due to a failure in a 36-inch water main which had been installed approximately 13 years previously. The 36-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe had been installed using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) methods underneath Turkey Creek on Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) property, just off State Road 123. The HDPE pipe, located approximately 45 feet under the creek, had sustained a fracture. The airport was able to temporarily connect to an Eglin AFB water source, but service was limited. Okaloosa County Water and Sewer Department had to make numerous operational changes due to the failure, including water rerouting, flushing and constant system and customer monitoring.
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