Boil order issued after Duquesne water-main break
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A water main break left large portions of Duquesne without water for more than 15 hours Monday and today, leading officials issue a boil-water order.
According to Duquesne police, the break occurred Monday night and since has affected the western and northern portions of the city, particularly around Maryland Avenue, Crawford Avenue and Catherine Street.
Duquesne manager Frank Piccolino said a worker noticed water leaking shortly after 8 p.m. on Monday. The break was at the intersection of Mifflan Street and Kennedy Street. Mr. Piccolino described it as "coming up pretty heavy."
Further investigation revealed a break in a 16-inch line in pipes 10 feet deep that supply about 800 homes and 1,400 people.
Water service was shut down about 10 or 11 p.m., leaving one-third of the city without it. Water service was not restored until about 3:45 p.m. today.
During the shut down, Mr. Piccolino said, the city provided gallon jugs of water at two locations in town before noon.
Residents should boil any water to be used for drinking, teeth brushing, food preparation or dish washing. The boil order will remain in effect until the city government takes it off.
During the water shut down, Mr. Piccolino said there were few complaints, mostly just confusion. There were no emergencies related to the break, he said.
First Published July 10, 2012 3:00 pm