Water main ruptures near Westminster treatment plant

A 12-inch water main ruptured in front of Westminster's water treatment plant early yesterday, leaving some city residents with patchy water flows until the steel pipe was replaced and the system came back on line just after noon, officials said.

An 18-foot-section of the water main cracked in half at the water treatment plant on Old Manchester Road around 5:30 a.m., said Thomas B. Beyard, Westminster's director of planning and public works.

The pipe had probably been in place since before 1964, when the city purchased the treatment plant from a private company, Beyard said. He also said that extreme temperatures, both in the winter and summer, can cause pipes to rupture.

Since the flow of water was quickly shut off, only 50,000 to 100,000 gallons, or around 3 percent of the amount of water the plant produces daily, were lost, Beyard said. He said that one industrial site and about 15 residences completely lost water.

"This wasn't really a major [incident] in terms of customer impact," Beyard said.

The plant serves 25,000 to 30,000 residents in Westminster and its environs, producing about 2 million gallons a day.

Laura McCandlish

Harford County: Havre de Grace

Police investigate woman's death

State police are investigating the death of an unidentified woman whose body was found yesterday afternoon near U.S. 40 in Havre de Grace. State police in Bel Air received a 911 call about 2 p.m. from a person who discovered the body on Oakington Road. The cause of death had not been determined, and police were awaiting an autopsy report from the state medical examiner's office.

Baltimore: NAACP

O'Malley to meet with group's head

Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to hold a private meeting today at City Hall with the head of the NAACP about the civil rights group's possible move to Washington. O'Malley is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. with Bruce S. Gordon, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's president and chief executive officer. The 97-year-old organization moved to Baltimore in 1986 from New York City, but its chairman, Julian Bond, recently said the group's move to Washington is nearly definite. O'Malley has sworn to prevent the group's departure. "We are going to do everything we can to aggressively lay a retention package on the table of the NAACP," O'Malley said last month.

Doug Donovan

Pratt library

Historian Franklin to sign book copies

Historian and author John Hope Franklin will be at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library tonight at 7 o'clock to sign copies of his book, Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin. The author endured segregation, including being evicted from whites-only trains and being threatened with lynching, according to the library. Franklin, who was born in 1915, is a professor at Duke University and has been chairman of the history department at the University of Chicago.


Notre Dame plans information session

An information session on the College of Notre Dame's Accelerated College and Weekend College programs is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. The session will include details of the college's new programs in information and communication management, psychology and elementary education. The session will be on the college's campus, 4701 N. Charles St. For more information, call 410-532-5500 or go to

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