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Aging piping blamed for water main break on Main Street in Sykesville

The Carroll County Bureau of Utilities is assessing the extent of a water main break that happened along Main Street in Sykesville, according to a Monday afternoon news release from the agency.

Bureau of Utilities Chief Andrew Watcher said Monday afternoon that the break can be traced to a 3.5-foot crack in the street’s cast iron pipe system in front of the property at 7543 Main Street. In response to the break, he said the agency shut off the water supply to the portion of the street between Church Street and Sandosky Road. He estimateds that 15 and 20 businesses and residences were affected.

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Watcher said the break should be repaired by later Monday evening.

Those who use water from the system may experience fluctuations in water pressure throughout the day and see cloudy water once service is restored. Should this occur, the agency suggests running cold water for several minutes to clear the lines. The agency’s news release also advised residents from using “high water volume appliances" — washing machines and dishwashers, for instance — during periods of cloudy water or low pressure.

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Watcher attributed the break to the aging piping of the water system, which he says is reaching the end of its useful life. Plans to upgrade the street’s water and sewer systems are currently being finalized, Watcher said, and construction is slated to take place during the spring and summer of next year.

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