Water main break in Aberdeen Saturday causes service disruptions; repairs made, county says

August 30, 2012|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

Water service was restored by early Saturday evening to a portion of the Aberdeen area after a highway construction contractor ruptured a water main that morning, a Harford County government spokesman said Sunday.

In addition to some homes and businesses losing service, the county said others experienced low pressure and discoloration of their water, the latter lasting until Monday in some instances.

A contractor working for the State Highway Administration on the Route 40/715 interchange reconstruction caused the water main break, according to the county.

Repairs to the ruptured main were completed by 6 p.m. Saturday, and all service should have been restored, Bob Thomas, spokesman for Harford County government, said Sunday afternoon.

Thomas did not know precisely how many customers had lost service or had their service affected by the break, but he estimated that several hundred homes and businesses were affected.

The county government had warned Saturday afternoon that in addition to disruptions in water service in the Aberdeen area, customers along the Route 40 corridor between Aberdeen and Joppatowne could experience low water pressure for several hours, the county news release said.

In addition, customers were warned their water could be discolored because of the high rate at which it was moving through the pipeline after the break occurred and before it could be stopped, according to a news release the county issued around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Thomas said Tuesday that the discoloration, which DPW officials had said would resolve itself in 12 to 18 hours and did not pose any health threat, finally cleared up completely by noon Monday.

The amount of water lost has since been determined to be approximately 1.8 million gallons, Thomas said Thursday.

He identified the contractor that caused the break as American Infrastructure and said the company is employed by the State Highway Administration on the interchange project near Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Repairs to the water main were completed by county DPW personnel. American Infrastructure will be billed by the county for the damage and repair costs, Thomas said.

No injuries were reported as a result of the line break.

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