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Water-main break in Quincy spares businesses

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 3, 2013 11:10 AM

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Almost all Quincy businesses have avoided the wrath of a water main break that erupted on Ross Parkingway last night, because the antiquated pipe was little used.

According to Department of Public Works Superintendent Larry Prendeville, the 1950s-era eight-inch main, located behind the Stadium Restaurant, erupted at around midnight.

However, because most of the businesses in the area were being fed from a water main on Hancock Street, the break had limited consequences.

“If there is nobody being fed off it, we may just try to isolate it and leave it alone,” Prendeville said.

According to Prendeville, the break occurred 16 feet underground, and due to the hard-to- reach location, the valves to the pipe were shut part way shortly after the break occurred.

The water has continued to run since the break and there is a crew on site working to reach the break location.

While crews are working to repair the break, the pipe will become insignificant with the Downtown Redevelopment project currently under way.

“We believe that it’s going to be abandoned with the new project anyway,” Prendeville said.


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