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Water main break at 11th Street

After at least three days of on-and-off rain, a major water line in Beaumont gave way, temporarily muddying resident’s drinking water in Old Town and surrounding areas. 

At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, city crews were called to an 8-inch water main break on 11th Street near Gladys. 

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The water in Beaumont might meet state and federal standards for clean water, but the city is fighting an expensive battle to keep it that way.

The latest series of multimillion-dollar purchases to improve the water in Beaumont will likely put more greenbacks in the city coffers, but only after a seven-year period where the city will raise water rates an average of 5 percent each year, according to water utilities director Dr. Hani Tohme.

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