Water main break affects pressure, quality on Eastern Avenue in South Deerfield

  • The South Deerfield Water Supply District. Staff File Photo/Andy Castillo

Staff Writer
Published: 1/19/2022 3:37:05 PM
Modified: 1/19/2022 3:36:00 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A water main break on Eastern Avenue affected water pressure and quality in the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

South Deerfield Water Supply District Superintendent Daniel Dion said the Police Department called the district at 3:17 p.m. about a water main break in front of 64 Eastern Ave., with residents reporting low water pressure. Dion noted his staff have not determined a cause beyond it being a joint failure.

“We responded at 3:30,” Dion said Wednesday afternoon. “I think it was just old pipes in the ground; it was actually a joint that failed.”

Dion said the surrounding neighborhood, along with Graves Street, Crestview Drive and parts of Sugarloaf Street, were reporting low pressure and dirty water.

Water district crews were on scene for most of the night as they worked to replace the joint and clear the area. Dion said the repair took so long because of the “nature of where it was located and how wet it was.”

“We restored water around 2 a.m. and then were there for another hour after that, backfilling and cleaning,” Dion explained Wednesday. “We’re currently flushing a hydrant on Eastern Avenue trying to get rid of any air in the line.”

Dion said the joint has been replaced and the district is continuing to monitor the area as it is still in the process of replacing the water main on the street, which is slated to be completed in the spring.

“Everything is back to normal,” Dion said. If residents are still experiencing issues, the South Deerfield Water Supply District can be reached at 413-665-3540.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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