John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
East Bridgewater Department of Public Works Repairing Water System Leak, Service Disruption
About 100 Residents are Without Water Service Early Wednesday Morning
EAST BRIDGEWATER — Director John B. Haines reports that the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works is actively working to repair a leak in the town’s water system early Wednesday morning.
It is unclear how long repairs may take, but a warming center will be set up in town if there is going to be a prolonged disruption of service. In the meantime, residents can go to the East Bridgewater Senior Center, 335 Plymouth St., when it opens at 8:30 a.m.
The morning commute may be affected as the DPW will be working to make underground repairs. The leak occurred on North Bedford Street (Route 18) near Highland Street. About 100 homes and businesses in the area, including those in the Wayside Farm neighborhood, have had their water service stopped or disrupted as a result of the leak.
Around midnight, an East Bridgewater Police officer reported seeing water in the road in the 600 block of North Bedford Street.
The DPW responded and quickly identified the location of the leak. The water has been shut off at a nearby valve and the leak is no longer flowing.
Dig Safe was notified and responded with a crew that marked the appropriate utility lines near where the leak occurred, in order to allow the DPW to begin digging.
As of 4 a.m., the temperature in East Bridgewater was 9 degrees. Digging has begun and the DPW will be able to find out what was damaged that caused the leak and will work to repair it.
“This leak is a direct result of the extremely cold temperatures we’ve been having,” Haines said. “Our guys are out there right now in this freezing cold working as quickly as we can to get this break fixed and I’d like to thank the residents that are impacted for their patience.”
This is the second water leak the DPW has had to deal with in these cold temperatures in the past week. On Saturday, a leak was able to be quickly repaired on Oak Street where only about six homes were affected.
An update will be provided when more information becomes available.