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Water main break repaired in Clear Spring

February 07, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Workers repairing Sunday night's water main break on U.S. 40 restored service to the Town of Clear Spring around 4 a.m. Monday but residents were asked to conserve water until the town reservoir can recover.

The 8-inch main, about 4 feet below the road near C&C's Pub on Cumberland Street, was put in during the 1920s or 1930s, Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said.

The break was discovered at 6 p.m. Sunday, Hose said.

Contractor Mark Myers and personnel from the Washington County Sanitary Commission worked through the night to make the repairs.

"This is the same line that broke 6 years ago about 10 feet west of this break," Hose said.

The three Clear Spring schools and the Fairview Outdoor School were closed Monday because of the break, although faculty members were told to report.

The reason for the break, other than the age of the line, wasn't obvious, Hose said. Another problem Sunday night was that a valve above the break couldn't be closed off, Hose said.

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The town is undergoing major streetscape renovations but work has been slowed because of poor weather.

Councilman William Albowicz, who heads the town's water department, was alerted to the break after he heard cars splashing through water outside his Cumberland Street business, Hoff's Liquors.

Albowicz said the damage was severe and the town rapidly lost water, dropping the reservoir's water level from 22 feet to 9 feet within three hours, he said.

He estimated that around 3,000 people, including residents, businesses and schools, were affected by the break.

Town Clerk Nancy Keefer said since no one was at the schools or would be Monday, the strain on the water system should be minimal while the reservoir recovers.

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