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Service Restored After Water Break; 'Gas Line' Reports Were Exaggerated

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
May 30, 2018
Posted in: Announcements

A water main break along Beech Street in McKeesport cut off service for an unknown number of customers Tuesday night.

But reports that a gas line was severed turned out to be exaggerated.

Matt Junker, spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, said water service was restored just after 12 noon Wednesday.

Crews repairing the water line did break a gas pipe at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Barry Kukovich, spokesman for Peoples Natural Gas in Pittsburgh, but it was not in service.

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"It was a very small gas line going through someone's yard, to a home that had been abandoned for years," Kukovich said.

During warm weather months, he said, Peoples crews respond to "nine to 12" incidents every day where gas lines have been broken by construction workers.

"Most of the breaks we have are caused by people who don't call 8-1-1 before they dig," he said.

In the case of the Beech Street gas line, MAWC did call 8-1-1 --- the Pennsylvania One Call System --- but Junker said the inactive gas line was not marked.

No injuries were reported.

Originally published May 30, 2018.

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