Peterborough

Main to be fixed in 2018

Water escaping at a fire hydrant on Grove Street after a water break last week formed a spectacular ice sculpture.

Water escaping at a fire hydrant on Grove Street after a water break last week formed a spectacular ice sculpture.

PETERBOROUGH — Water service to the Chamber of Commerce and nearby businesses and homes along Route 101 was restored on Thursday, with town workers bypassing the 6-inch underground water main that broke three days earlier.

“We did repairs to the line on Wednesday, but they didn’t take,” Public Works Director Rodney Bartlett said. “We decided to cap the lines that were broken and we used a line coming from Grove Street to provide service.”

The water main that broke dates to the early 1900s.

Bartlett said the line is scheduled to be replaced in 2018, when major reconstruction of Route 101 is to be done. In the meantime, the connection from Grove Street will be of sufficient size to accommodate the users along Route 101.

The driveway at the Chamber of Commerce, which had been torn up after the break, has been filled in and compacted, Bartlett said, and paving and landscaping will be done in the spring.

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