|North Adams Water Main Break Leaves Hundreds Dry|
|09:38AM / Wednesday, July 04, 2012|
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A major water main break on Tuesday night left sections of the city and into Clarksburg without water. Mayor Richard Alcombright said water should be restored some time Wednesday.
The break occurred at the bottom of Cliff Street and affected streets above it. The mayor described it as "a problematic break in very old infrastructure and took extraordinary time to find."
"Crews have been on the scene all night and the fix is very complex and problematic - they will continue to work until it is fixed," the mayor posted on Facebook. "This will take more time, removal of part of a concrete wall under the ground, and replacement of some valve and pipe infrastructure. The best I can say is that water service should be restored in full "today" - there are many variables and I will keep all up to date as I receive information....Once again, I am sorry for this inconvenience."
Check the mayor's Facebook page for updates on the progress.
The city's water system has been frequent concern because of aging and breaking pipes. In December, faulty water maps lead to the disruption of a 24-inch main that left large parts of the city without water.
A section of Houghton and River streets also had an unrelated power outage Wednesday morning. National Grid responded and power was back on shortly afterward.
Update: The break was tracked down Wednesday and crews were restoring pressure through Thursday. Residents were advised to run the water to clear it and that it might be some time before full pressure was restored.
"THANK YOU to the crew who spent the last 24 or so hours taking care of this very complex problem ...once again ... we are sorry for the inconvenienc," wrote the mayor.