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Water line fix underway on Gilpin street after 2 days without service

| Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County trucks line up on Banfield Road in Gilpin as crews search for a water leak there on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County trucks line up on Banfield Road in Gilpin as crews search for a water leak there on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County crews located a water leak that had interrupted service to about a dozen homes along Banfield Road in Gilpin on Jan. 3
Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County crews located a water leak that had interrupted service to about a dozen homes along Banfield Road in Gilpin on Jan. 3

Joe Sabot hasn't been able to wash his 8-month-old baby's bottles since Monday morning.

Sabot lives on Banfield Road, a short street along the banks of the Kiski River in Gilpin, where he said water stopped flowing around 10 a.m. Monday to more than a dozen homes.

The loss of water service remained a mystery until Wednesday afternoon, when Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County crews discovered the sound of water running beneath a home in the 100 block of Banfield Road, indicating the location of a water line break, spokesman Matt Junker said.

Junker said crews have been working 24 hours a day since the water went out on Banfield Road, and were determined to find an answer for customers. The authority also responded to water line breaks this week in Leechburg.

Junker said crews had begun digging to get to pipes causing the Banfield Road problem by noon Wednesday. He said he completely understands the frustration of residents such as Sabot.

"We're all customers, too — we know that nobody wants to be without water," he said.

As of 1 p.m., Sabot said, water authority personnel were on the street, digging and delivering bottled water.

Sabot said he began calling the water authority Monday morning but didn't hear any reply until Wednesday morning.

"They pretty much said 'hang in there' and that nobody knew our water was off even though we've been calling for two days," he said. "They were out there saying that nobody's water was off, but my whole street has been down for over 48 hours now."

Sabot said he and his family have been traveling to his parents' home to shower and tend to the baby, but not everyone he knows has that option.

"I'm really worried about some of my neighbors who are older and can't get around as easily," he said. "We've all been calling all week."

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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