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Three face charges in town water scare

July 22, 2011

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Three people are facing charges in a water contamination scare in Somerset that caused a three-day ban on drinking town tap water. The Herald News reported that police filed charges Wednesday against two employees of Hydrograss Technologies, alleging wanton destruction of property, conspiracy, and unlicensed connection to a distribution system. An employee of Cianbro is facing charges of interfering with metering of water, unlicensed connection to a distribution system, and larceny. The names of the suspects were not released, pending their court appearance. Police say the companies were working on a bridge project May 31 when the Cianbro employee granted permission to Hydrograss Technologies to connect to a hydrant for water. But the town never granted permission. (AP)