Water main break at Hartsfield-Jackson disrupts services on Concourse B

April 27, 2021 Hartsfield-Jackson Airport: Delta Air Lines has turned a corner as it starts filling middle seats again May 1, 2021 and looks for a travel rebound this summer. Average airfares hit a 25-year low in 2020 as the number of travelers on U.S. airlines dropped dramatically because of the pandemic, according to a federal report. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport also had ranking changes in 2020. Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport unseated the Atlanta airport for the first time in more than two decades, according to Airports Council International's preliminary world airport traffic rankings. Seven of the 10 busiest airports in the world in the pandemic year of 2020 were in China. However, Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest  airport measured by flight counts in 2020, taking that title back from Chicago O'Hare. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

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April 27, 2021 Hartsfield-Jackson Airport: Delta Air Lines has turned a corner as it starts filling middle seats again May 1, 2021 and looks for a travel rebound this summer. Average airfares hit a 25-year low in 2020 as the number of travelers on U.S. airlines dropped dramatically because of the pandemic, according to a federal report. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport also had ranking changes in 2020. Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport unseated the Atlanta airport for the first time in more than two decades, according to Airports Council International's preliminary world airport traffic rankings. Seven of the 10 busiest airports in the world in the pandemic year of 2020 were in China. However, Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest airport measured by flight counts in 2020, taking that title back from Chicago O'Hare. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

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A water main break at Hartsfield-Jackson International caused the airport to temporarily close some restrooms, concessions and gates on Concourse B.

The airport early Monday morning asked passengers to use restrooms and concessions on other concourses.

Most flights on the concourse are operating as scheduled, though two gates on Concourse B were closed Monday due to the incident, according to the airport. Hartsfield-Jackson has a total of 195 gates across its seven concourses.

Travelers should monitor flight information from their airlines, the airport said.

While all concessions on Concourse B were closed early Monday, airport officials said by mid-morning that restrooms and concessions on the south half of the concourse were open and operating, along with the food court in the center of the concourse.

The water main problem was first spotted near a tunnel underneath Concourse B late Sunday afternoon, after a report of a fire alarm sounding near a Georgia Power utility tunnel.

Firefighters who responded discovered water leaking through seams in the pavement, according to the airport. Officials determined the leak was coming from a break in an eight-inch potable water line for Concourse B.

The leaky portion of the line was closed late Sunday night, while the rest of the line is working and providing water to the south half of the concourse.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials said the water released by the leak eventually receded. They said repairs to the water main are underway but it was yet to be determined how long the repairs would take. Also underway is an investigation into the cause of the water main break.