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Haverhill

January 9, 2013

Did earthquake weaken water pipes, causing leaks?

City officials ponder theory about problems with water mains

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Workers were still at the Groveland Street site at 9 a.m. when the city was notified of another water main break at an apartment complex at 440 North Ave. Minutes later, the city was notified of another break on Boardman Street. Ward had to call in additional Water Department workers, while the Highway Department sent workers and a back hoe. Ward said a 6-inch main that was leaking at the 440 North Ave. apartment complex resulted in 21 units in the complex experiencing low or no water pressure for about three hours. About 12,000 gallons of water were lost. Workers completed repairs and back-filling by 6 p.m.

Minutes after the leak was reported at 440 North Ave., a large 12-inch water main in the area of 234-240 Boardman St. ruptured, causing water to bubble up through the road surface and flow to Groveland Street and Water Street below. Ward said the leak affected about 100 customers in that area and resulted in the loss of an estimated 216,000 gallons of water. Repairs and backfilling were completed by 9 p.m.

Ward said water and highway department workers have done a good job repairing the leaks.

“I appreciate the work they do,’’ he said. “They’re out there at all hours in the cold weather taking care of these problems.’’

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