Broken water pipe on Main Street ties up weekend crews in Bangor

Posted Jan. 08, 2011, at 1:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Crews from the Bangor Water District were out much of the weekend, dealing with two major breaks in the pipes that carry the city’s water supply.

A public works crew from the city reported the first break at about 10:30 Friday night, according to water district Construction Supervisor Donald Cammack. That break occurred near Shaw’s supermarket on Main Street.

Water district workers had trouble locating the correct valve to shut off, and water continued to gush through the asphalt and flood down the roadway until early Saturday afternoon. Some area residents reported low pressure as a result of the break, and some businesses along Main Street were without water for a few hours.

Excavators and other equipment blocked the center lane of Main Street throughout Saturday. Repairs were completed by about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Cammack said Sunday that the break occurred in a 20-foot connector pipe between a 16-inch water main an 8-inch main that run about six feet below Main Street. Crews were able to repair the connector, he said, but the Bangor Water District will reopen the site and replace the connector pipe in the spring.

Cammack said positive pressure was maintained within the system throughout the incident and no contaminants entered the public water supply.

Crews were alerted to another break at about 5:15 Sunday evening. The second break was located in a 20-inch main near Cascade Park and caused traffic on State Street to be diverted. Cammack said many homes on Mount Hope Avenue and in the area of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center had low pressure or no water service at all as a result of the break. Crews were expected to be on the scene well into Sunday night.

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