For months now I’ve had a very nice front yard pond. It’s a hollow, so there’s always a mini-pond after storms, but this one never dried up. Ducks moved in and I was waiting for small mouth bass – a new side hustle.
Since draining didn’t work (kept filling up until they turned off the water to the block), the big guns were called in (lots of trucks and equipment); they determined it was a service pipe which needed replacing (pipe was connected to city water in the late 80s, before that a well).
The cherry picker cut down large branches and other city workers did things involving tools and mud. lots and lots of oozy mud. the kind of mud that sucks your boots off!
Turns out they don’t cut water off completely, because that would require a boil order when reconnected. This hole has already been drained four times! About 15 years my neighbor had leak issues and the department didn’t cut the water first. A worker cracked a seal or something and water shut up so far and fast it was almost like the guy was flying up the ladder. Who says government employees don’t move fast? Told this story and about how the neighbors laughed and laughed; turns out the guy in the hole today was the one from 15 years ago. He didn’t laugh.
Another hour or two and I’ll have water again. The foreman is being kind enough to bring in replacement prairie seeds since this isn’t just overgrown lawn grass. Unfortunately it takes years for the grasses to develop those deep root systems, but life goes on.