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Merrimack Valley

January 8, 2013

Water line breaks on Broadway

METHUEN — A water line burst on Broadway early yesterday morning, though city officials said few customers were affected.

The break, in front of the American Legion building at 200 Broadway, happened at about 1 a.m. at a joint in a 14-inch pipe off the main line, said public works director Ray DiFiore. It was patched by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Workers dug through eight inches of asphalt, concrete and rebar, he said, found the leak, removed the lead surrounding the joint and repaired the problem with a new cast iron clamp with rubber seals. The line comes off of the main line to a hydrant, DiFiore said.

A few offices were affected, he said, but the nearby CVS and Methuen Family Restaurant were not affected because they draw their water from a different line.

DPW arrived on site after 6 a.m., DiFiore said, to give people time to get to work before starting on the street.

DiFiore said the procedure at the time the pipe was installed, which he dated to 1939, was to pour lead at the joints. “Part of the lead blew out under pressure,” he said.

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