Main break on Pine Street; water from Birch Street to Rt. 72 may be shut down

The Water Department issued this following emergency statement regarding a water main break on Pine Street.

Emergency Construction Notice:

“The Bristol Water Department has a water main break on Pine Street by Pine Lake. Since last Thursday, we have noticed that our daily production had increase by approximately 750,000 gallons per day. Our crews worked since Friday searching for what we believed was a leak by checking all water mains and fire hydrants East of Middle Street. Throughout the weekend we monitored production and tank levels to determine if the increase in production was actually a leak or just higher than normal consumption due to the dry conditions. At no time was the water system ever in any emergency status.

“This morning our office received a customer call concerning lower than normal pressure and after a thorough investigation in the area, we found water seeping into a culvert between Pine Lake and the detention pond on the north side on Pine Street.

“It appears that the break may be close or under the culvert within Pine Street.

“Our crews will begin excavation in the next hour and anticipate that work will continue into the late afternoon or early evening.

“Once the location of the leak is pinpointed, water from Birch Street to Route 72 may be shut off. The area that will need to be shut off will affect approximately 10 homes. Until we locate the leak, we cannot provide an estimate on how long the water will be off, but our crews will not leave until all customers have water restored.

“Due to the location if the leak, traffic may be reduced to a single lane or detoured to allow our crews to excavate the area. We ask that anyone who normally travels this area of Pine Street use the Route 72 expressway instead of Pine Street if possible.

“If you live in the area and experience any discolored water, please run an outside faucet or bathtub until it clears.

“Again, we would like to assure you that at no time was your water ever in an emergency situation and that the water is safe to use or consume.

“We would like to thank all of our customers in advance for your understanding and patience during this repair.

“Please feel free to contact our office at (860)582-7431 if you have any questions or concerns.

“Robert Longo, Superintendent 
“Bristol Water Department”