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Water main break in Clear Spring 'very serious'

February 06, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

CLEAR SPRING - A water main broke Sunday evening in Clear Spring, shooting water from pipes under U.S. 40, according to Councilman William Albowicz, who heads the town's water and sewer department.

Albowicz said the damage was severe and the town was rapidly losing water. Clear Spring's Reservoir dropped from 22 feet to 9 feet within three hours, he said.

"We're hemorrhaging water," he said.

He estimates that around 3,000 people, including residents, businesses and schools could be affected by the break.

As of Sunday evening, residents in one block of Cumberland Street were without water, said Albowicz.

The break happened around 6 p.m. in front of C&C's Pub on Cumberland Street and crews were out working on the problem all evening, he said.

Workers believed Sunday night that the break was isolated but were continuing to investigate, he said.

He wasn't sure what caused the break but said the town was aware there might be a problem with their water system earlier in the week.

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Albowicz consulted with engineers from Hagerstown and Washington County's water departments to determine what the problem might be but were unsuccessful, he said.

The town gets its water from the Fairview Mountain reservoir.

Albowicz said he is focusing his efforts on fixing the break and will then worry about what caused it.

He recommended that residents in Clear Spring should fill up jugs of water to drink and fill their bathtubs in order to flush toilets.

"This is very serious. I'm worried about the elderly," he said.

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