UPDATE: The City of Athens has had its third significant water line break in only eight days.

According to city officials, these leaks are caused by the effects brought on by extreme heat and drought. These factors have caused the soil to dry up, resulting in pipe shifts and joint damage.

According to John Nielsen-Gammon, director of the Southern Regional Climate Center at Texas A&M University, this summer was the state’s second-hottest on record, ranking behind only 2011.

The City of Athens states that the most recent water leak occurred Wednesday evening on an 18-inch pipeline near the intersection of Flat Creek Road and Loop 7.

The City said it is working hard to repair these leaks as they happen, but it is challenging given the recent extreme weather conditions.

Additionally, residents of Athens are urged to conserve water and report any water line breaks.

ATHENS, Texas (KETK) — The City of Athens reported on Wednesday they had two major water line leaks within 24 hours.

The issue may result in lower water pressure for certain residential and commercial areas of the city.

The city said utility crews are already working at the sites of the leaks to remedy the situation. City officials have stated that the community’s patience and understanding are appreciated during this time while they work to restore the damaged water lines.

Furthermore, the city reported an initial 18-inch water leak on North Murchison Street. The City of Athens states that if you are in an area with low water pressure to please call 903-675-5131.