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Water main break causes temporary water shutoff in Westminster

Westminster homes had their water shut off temporarily after the city alerted the public about a water main break Wednesday morning on Westmoreland Street between Anchor Street and Ridge Road.

Cory Stouffer, the city’s superintendent of utility maintenance, said around 9:30 p.m. that they are unaware of what caused the break but crews are on the scene making repairs. He also said that water has been shut off in roughly two dozen homes in the area of Westmoreland Street, Anchor Street and Ridge Road. He expected water to be turned back on by about 10:30 this morning.

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There was a spiral crack in the pipe, he said.

“We need to replace about 5 feet of 4 inch pipe,” Stouffer said.

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Stouffer said water main breaks and water leaks are common. The city usually averages two to three a month in a year. Most of the time, they do not have to shut services down and can sometimes fix it with a clamp, he added.

“If anybody can figure out what makes water mains break, they could be a millionaire,” he said, adding multiple factors could contribute to it.

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