By Jane M. Pascall
A leak that turned into a major water main break caused some Homer residents and businesses to be without water on Monday.
Around 3:30 p.m., a City of Homer crew worked to repair a leak discovered in front of the former Pioneer Building, currently undergoing renovation on Pioneer Avenue.
“The leak was discovered by a contractor during the weekend,” said Superintendent Richard Hill. “The crews went out there first thing this morning to repair it, and — in the process of repairing it — the leak got worse.”
According to Hill, the break caused a substantial loss of water, lowering the water pressure in town and causing some water to be shut off.
“They are working hard to repair it right now,” he said.
The break affected the area north of Pioneer Avenue, West of Heath Street and East of West Hill Road. Water was shut off for most businesses on Pioneer Avenue until about 9 p.m.
One Pioneer Avenue business posted on their Facebook page that they would not be open due to the lack of water.
The public works website cautioned residents to flush out their pipes after water is restored, by running faucets for 5-10 minutes before using.
“In addition, sediments in the pipes may have been stirred up, causing cloudy or black water. The sediments are not harmful to your health; however, you don’t want to do laundry with it. If you don’t have to use your water, please don’t,” the site read.
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