August 9 2016

DPW Director on Water Main Break, Watering Restriction Update

By: Rich Hosford

The Department of Public Works had to respond to another water main break on Tuesday.


The latest break, which follows two that occurred two weeks ago, was near the intersection of Winn Street and Sears Street and left many residents in the area without water for the day. 


DPW Director John Sanchez said the main broke on Tuesday morning and began losing water immediately. Fortunately, he added, a member of his department happened to pass by and see it and was able to cut the water to the line fairly quickly. 


“He was able to shut it off very fast,” he said. 


To fix the main the DPW had to tear up an 8 by 12 foot area of the road and also a section of a resident’s driveway. Sanchez said the town will take care of the driveway. 


As of 4 p.m. the DPW was beginning to turn the water back on to test the fix. 


Sanchez also spoke about the watering restriction while he was on the phone. Some communities in eastern Massachusetts have moved to a full watering ban but Sanchez said that as of this time the one-day-per-week restriction is working. 


“The majority of residents and businesses are complying with our water conservation and we’ve seen a significant decline in water use,” he said. “It seems to be working and unless we see water use creeping up again I can’t say at this time we’ll move to a full ban. We’re just going to keep an eye on it.” 


He also said the picture will be clearer by the end of the week, which is expected to be hot. 

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