New Castle News

March 21, 2014

Water line break affects North Hill

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE —  Larry Eckman knew when he completed a load of laundry Thursday that there was a problem.

The Kenneth Avenue resident had no water.

He was one of many residents throughout the North Hill who either experienced low water pressure or lost water service that night, according to Gary Lobaugh of the Pennsylvania-American Water Co.

Lobaugh said a 70-year-old, 12-inch water main ruptured between 9 and 10 p.m.

The break occurred at Worthington Avenue in Neshannock Township and Mercer Street in New Castle, near George Washington Intermediate School.

“A lot of people might have noticed low water pressure, but very few, maybe five of six households, were without any water service,” Lobaugh said.

He said full service and water pressure were restored to most homes by 11 or 11:30 p.m. Crews worked through the night. Repairs were completed and all service restored by 5 a.m.

Mercer Street was closed through the night while crews worked, and remained closed Friday morning as temperatures dipped, causing ice to form on the road.

New Castle public works director Mike Rooney said he received a call at 6:30 a.m. to supply a load of salt on the icy street.

Rooney, an East Side resident, said he also experienced low water pressure.

“I know people on East Washington Street and in Shenango Township who also said they had low water pressure,” he said.