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Valley News Dispatch

Water authority crews responding to line break reports in Leechburg, Gilpin

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

Water line breaks were under repair, or reports were being investigated, on Tuesday in Leechburg and Gilpin.

The breaks included a leak reported Monday along First Avenue in the borough, which was repaired at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A smaller, second break in the same line occurred at 5:30 a.m., Matt Junker, a spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, said Tuesday afternoon. The authority provides water to the region.

By Tuesday afternoon, workers were putting pipe in along First Avenue and making repairs along the 300 block of Beale Avenue in Leechburg, about two blocks away. It will take six to eight hours to repair the newer breaks, Junker said.

“The good news is no one is without water,” Junker said. The authority was able to reroute some lines to continue service.

Melanie Knight of Banfield Road in Gilpin said about 15 homes had been without water since about 10 a.m. Monday. Junker said the authority searched for a water line break along Banfield Road on Monday evening, but didn't find one.

Junker said Tuesday afternoon that a leak crew foreman was on his way to look for the problem.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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