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Some Brunswick-area residents advised to boil water after quake damages line

August 24, 2011
  • This photo was taken Wednesday morning at the upper house of the Yourtee Spring water line. The line's normal flow interrupted by the earthquake on Tuesday. Brunswick City Employee Matt Campbell says the water is usually clear enough for the bottom to be visible.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

BRUNSWICK, Md. — Tuesday’s earthquake damaged a water line that left 10 to 15 households with cloudy, undrinkable water along the Yourtee Spring water line in Brunswick, City Administrator Rick Weldon said.

Weldon said late Wednesday morning that the condition of the water had improved to the point that people could drink it after boiling. He said the customers who were affected live on Boteler, Rohrersville, Weverton and Yourtee roads.

“It (looked) like water from the Potomac River,” Weldon said.

He said Pleasant Valley Elementary School also was affected, but the school had a sufficient supply of water to draw from a 10,000-gallon storage tank.

The turbidity level of the water started to drop dramatically starting at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Weldon said. In the meantime, officials worked to set up a temporary system to get fresh water to the residents.

The city of Brunswick serves about 2,200 customers, Weldon said.

— Dan Dearth

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