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Pipe leak disruptes water service

| Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005

Borough residents were without water for most of the day Saturday because of a leak in a water main that runs beneath the Kiski River.

Water pressure was methodically being restored Saturday night the affected area of about eight blocks around Market Street. A spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County could not say how many customers were affected.

According to Michael Kenney, assistant manager of the water authority, the problem was caused by a leak in one of the two 10-inch water mains under the river that extends from Hyde Park to Leechburg.

He said the authority started receiving calls from customers about low pressure or no water and sent and crew to investigate.

"The problem started around 8 or 8:30 this morning," said Milo Miller, a Leechburg volunteer firefighter.

The fire department set up water buffaloes at the fire hall for anyone who needed water. Miller said people started coming in for water in the late afternoon.

Kenney said a water authority crew found the leak at about 2:30 p.m.

Workers shut down the local system shortly after locating the leak.

The authority later began piping water to customers on the other 10-inch main while the leaking pipe is being repaired.

Two pipes were installed for such an event.

"So, if you have problems with one, you could feed off the other," Kenney said.

He said customers should not continue experience decreased pressure because of the break, which he said should be repaired soon.

"We will get everything together and start (repairing it Sunday) morning," Kenney said. Becuase of the second, operating water main, he said, "the urgency isn't that great."

David Conti of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review contributed to this report.

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