Second water line planned to serve town

Recent pipe break caused brief cutoff

September 30, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County plans to install a new water pipeline into Sykesville, which would improve pressure and put an end to temporary cutoffs when repairs are made on the existing line.

One water line now serves the South Carroll town of 4,000, where nearly everyone relies on public water drawn from Liberty Reservoir, treated at the Freedom plant on Oakland Road and piped down Route 32 to Sykesville from Eldersburg.

A water main break discovered Tuesday on Spout Hill Road illustrated the need for another line. If it had been worse or in a different spot, it could have left several residences without water while crews repaired the damage.

As it was, only Main Street downtown was without water, and only briefly. If a second water line had been available, it could have been used to maintain supply.

"If we had had this line last week, no one would have been without water during the storm," said Doug Myers, county director of public works. "This second line will also improve pressure."

County crews informed town officials of the break Tuesday morning. No residents reported problems, town officials said. Water to Main Street had to be shut off briefly for repairs that evening.

"Most of the businesses were already closed for the day, and the county informed the two restaurants what would be happening," said Laura Lindberg, town clerk. "It was only for about 15 minutes."

Because the pipeline will be built along a state road, the project requires an easement from the state and the approval of the Maryland Board of Public Works, which has the issue on its agenda for Wednesday.

The county will install a 12-inch water line along Raincliffe Road from a water main on Slacks Road to the main on Route 32. Carroll has asked the state for a perpetual easement of 1.21 acres for the line and a temporary easement of 3.24 acres while it builds the pipeline.

The project will probably go out to bidders early next year and construction should be completed in the spring, Myers said.

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