Suez break

The break of a 12-inch water main along Philadelphia Pike resulted in about a thousand residential and business customers in Holly Oak and Claymont either losing water service or having decreased water pressure.

Suez Water spokesman Tom Hubbard said the break happened shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 1201 Philadelphia Pike.

Hubbard says crews isolated the break and shut valves on both sides, allowing for a return of water service by mid-morning.

Those crews remained on site for several more hours repairing the break, which Hubbard described as circular in nature and not as difficult to fix as a longitudinal break, which requires the entire segment of pipe be cut out and replaced.

Suez said discoloration of the water is possible due to harmless minerals having been stirred up in the system.

They advise running cold water, starting with a low level faucet, until the water clears.

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