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Water Authority Meeting With Property Owners After Leak

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
April 13, 2018
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

An employee of the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County is meeting today with property owners who were affected by a water main leak near Renziehausen Park.

Matt Junker, authority spokesman, said most of the damage seemed to be to external landscaping.

"We will have a contractor out there to clean up the yards and make landscape repairs as the weather permits," Junker said Friday.

MAWC crews were replacing a valve on a 16-inch water main on Palm Street Thursday morning when a nearby 12-inch line began to leak, the authority said.

The resulting leak buckled nearby King Street, sent debris washing onto Eden Park Boulevard and caused low or no water pressure in parts of the city and Versailles.

Serra Catholic High School in Haler Heights dismissed students early and McKeesport Area School District provided alternative drinking water to students at the middle school and high school.

Lincoln Borough volunteer firefighters sent a tanker truck to standby at the city's No. 2 fire station in Renziehausen Park as water pressure was being restored. The tanker truck was back in service by 9 p.m., the fire company announced on Facebook.

The leak was shut off at 2 p.m. Thursday and service is back to normal this morning, Junker said.

Junker said the authority will repair the damaged road. There is no estimate yet on how many gallons of water were lost to the leak.

Originally published April 13, 2018.

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