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Cover break cuts water supply

July 19, 1998

HALFWAY - About 75 to 100 residents in the Van Lear Manor and Lakeside Park areas were without water for most of the day Sunday after a tapping sleeve at a fire hydrant broke on Virginia Avenue, said Gene Walzl, manager of the Hagerstown Water Department.

A crew of city water employees was called to the break at about 10 a.m. and worked through the day to repair a split in the tapping sleeve, a covering over the main line where the fire hydrant taps in, Walzl said.

Workers had to shut off water to customers extending from Interstate 81 at Williamsport north to Lakeside Park, Walzl said. Water was turned back on at about 6 p.m.

All Hagerstown water customers may have experienced some discoloration in their water Sunday night and this morning because of the break, Walzl said.

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"Everything should settle out in the morning," Walzl said.

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