A waterline break in Bethlehem early Monday morning made for a rough start to the day for people living in the area and for workers who stuck it out in the frigid temperatures to get things all sealed up and working again.
The break caused some really slippery roadways heading down Village Drive and had been described as a an ice rink.
Temperatures were in the teens as village workers in Bethlehem spent hours in the frigid weather Monday morning digging into the soaked soil to get to the cause of the problem.The workers got to the area just after 6:00 a.m. and spent nearly three hours working before they were able to get everything wrapped up.
They were able to narrow the issue down to a waterline break near the intersection of Village Drive and Evergreen Lane. Once they dug in and got a closer look, they found what they though could have been more than one break they were dealing with, “We got to the line, it was a 6 inch line and had a pretty big sized break in it. Guys got it fixed around 6:30 and then we noticed some leaching in the water from down the line,” said Bethlehem Mayor, Tim Bishop.
Officials believe the cause of the waterline break was due to the cold temperatures combined with old eroding lines. Mayor Bishop also said; he was thankful for the Village workers who were out working so hard to get the situation under control in these cold temperatures, “So we went ahead and chased it down; just to make sure there wasn’t another problem. There isn’t, so they’re turning on the hydrants now to bleed any air out of the line,” Bishop said.
Customers who were affected by the leak, specifically those living on Evergreen and Peach Lanes, will be under a 48-hour boil order.