ST. LOUIS – Dogtown residents continued to deal with low water pressure throughout the weekend. Rain and a waterline break sent more water into roadways and highways. 

“Sometimes, they just release water from these fire hydrants,” Dustin Petrillo said. “I’m guessing that’s built-up pressure from something.”

Employees with the St. Louis Water Division are working to restore full service for customers after receiving reports of low or no water pressure in the south city neighborhood.

This comes two days after a 30-inch water main broke near the Tamm Avenue overpass, which closed Interstate 64 in both directions for several hours.

Petrillo lives across the street from the 30-inch waterline break. 

“I had no idea it happened,” he said. “I was inside the whole time and my girlfriend came home and said, ‘Uh, you should look outside cause this entire section of 64 was flooded.”

“They stopped traffic on (I-64). It was a huge issue. People were coming in cause they were getting re-routed around the place. So, that’s how we found out about it. So we just did bar service,” David Neal, the head bartender at Seamus McDaniel’s, said.

Neal said Dogtown businesses have been dealing with low water pressure throughout the weekend.

“Bottled water and, like I said, we got a large amount of bagged ice. We do have water pressure. You know, bathrooms still work; faucets still work,” he said. “It’s just really an inconvenience issue. You know things could be way worse. But it’s just slow filling things.”

A spokesperson for St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said there’s no estimate on when full repairs will be completed. However, the Water Division is rerouting water to specific lines to boost water pressure in the area.

“Obviously, the dishwasher isn’t giving the same pressure, the washer isn’t giving the same pressure. So, that’s a little frustrating,” said Petrillo.

No boil advisory was issued.

Meanwhile, a state audit last year recommended the city increase revenues for the Water Division. It found that St. Louis did not have sufficient water revenues to maintain the city’s water distribution.