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Water-main break in Berkeley County leaves customers without service of several hours

August 30, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A water-main break off Blairton Road early Friday left about 40 Berkeley County water customers without service for several hours, according to a water district official.

The service break in the 8-inch plastic line along Mercedes Drive damaged about 200 feet of the road, said Paul Fisher, executive director of the county Public Service Water District.

Water service was turned off about 5:30 a.m., until short-term repair was completed Friday afternoon, Fisher said.

Hundreds of feet of water line — from Blairton Road to a second cul-de-sac in the residential development served by Mercedes Drive — will be replaced with ductile iron pipe by water district workers, he said.

Fisher said the plastic line was improperly installed by a contractor before the county’s three public water districts merged into one in 2001, Fisher said.

“Whoever the contractor was, they didn’t do a good job at all,” he said.

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