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Water service restored in Eldersburg after main break Thursday, county says

A water main break in a busy area of Eldersburg was brought under control Thursday evening, according to the Carroll County government.

The county Bureau of Utilities received a report of a water main break in the area of Londontown Boulevard at about noon Thursday, according to a news release. Andrew Watcher, bureau chief, said about 50 users, mostly businesses, were affected by the break, but no roads were closed.

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Workers traced the break to an area just south of the intersection of Sykesville and Liberty roads. Watcher said Friday morning they do not yet know the cause of the break.

All of the affected users have full water service, according to Watcher, though there could be some “fluctuation” in water pressure while workers continue to investigate. He said water service could also be shut off temporarily as a result of that investigation, though he didn’t expect that would happen during daytime hours Friday.

“We’re working on how to shut the water off right now," Watcher said. "It’s a very complicated set of problems that we’re dealing with and we can’t isolate the service area right now and shut it off.”

The best estimate Watcher could give for a time frame of shutting down the water to find the cause would be in the next 24 hours, but that isn’t guaranteed.

“If any service system users experience cloudy water during this period, it is recommended that cold water taps be turned on and that the water be run for several minutes to clear the lines,” a county news release states. “It is also advised that users refrain from using high water volume appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, etc., during periods of cloudy water or low pressure.”

This story has been updated.

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