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Bridgeport’s water woes are over – for now

Updated: Tuesday, April 22 2014, 06:35 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio  -- It's water woes no more for the Village of Bridgeport.
– After more than 16 hours, water was restored in the village of Bridgeport on Monday after a water main broke, causing thousands of gallons to spill along the road.
Crews worked tirelessly throughout the day to fix the issue, and Tuesday, water once again flowed through town.
At least for now.
That's why Mayor John Callarik is issuing some noteworthy advice to residents.    
“I think a lot of people (Monday) thought they didn’t pay their water bill and came in to pay their bill,” he said.
Callarik was awakened by a call from 911 dispatch at 2:33 a.m. Monday for what he calls, a "pretty-good sized" water line break.    
U.S. 40 in Bridgeport was closed from the Stop 10 Bridge to Marion Street, while lengthy repairs were in progress.
“We had to cut a cast iron pipe that was 10-inches,” Callarik said. “We had to cut out a 10-foot section and put a new pipe in, but we had a hard time getting to it."
A number of valves were shut off in the village, but crews finished the job around 7 (Monday) night.
Aging pipes were to blame, but Callarik also noted another issue.
“You know we have more traffic on route 40 than we've ever had,” he said. “And that's not helping anything, that pounding and heavy loads all the time but what are you going to do?”
Callarik lamented, even more than the pain of repairing the lines, he hates seeing the village go without water for such an extended period of time.
“We get a water break, and it takes us 2 or 3 hours or longer by the time we bleed the lines, get the air back on,” he said. “Then you have to boil the water.”
So, he's sending a message to residents for the next time a pipe bursts.
“If the people would get a five-gallon jug and have water set aside in case something like this happened, at least this would be good if you’re sitting there, you’d have some water handy," he said.
“This could happen tomorrow the next day or next week, who knows?”
There is a boil order in effect for residents who were affected by Monday's waterline break. That will be lifted at 6:30 p.m.

Bridgeport’s water woes are over – for now

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