Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pwsa Restores Water Main That Ruptured in Feb

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pwsa Restores Water Main That Ruptured in Feb

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A massive water main that ruptured in February has returned to service, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Thursday.

The four-mile pipe known as the Lanpher rising main serves 40 percent of PWSA customers, including people on the city's North Side. The pipe, about 120 years old and 60 inches in diameter, carries water from the PWSA treatment plant in Aspinwall to the Lanpher reservoir in Shaler.

A section that runs through Etna borough was spewing about 10,000 gallons a minute when workers halted the leak in February. Since then, a roughly $2.5 million repair project replaced nearly 300 feet of the main and strengthened nearby parts of the system, according to PWSA.

"I'd like to thank everyone affected by the break and subsequent construction for their patience, especially the residents of Etna who were inconvenienced by the repair work," said Robert Weimar, the PWSA interim executive director, in a statement. …

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