MDC Estimates Hartford Water Will Be Restored by Midnight Following Water Main Break

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    A water main ruptured, spilling water into the intersection of Farmington and Prospect Avenues on the Hartford/West Hartford line on Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014)

    The Metropolitan District Commission estimates that water will be restored to customers between 11 p.m. and midnight after crews worked for hours Tuesday to repair a broken water main on the Hartford-West Hartford line.

    The leak near the busy intersection of Prospect and Farmington avenues flooded area roads, so police asked drivers to avoid that route throughout the day. Water flowed downhill for a 20-inch main and affecting city streets in Hartford, according to Hartford Police.

    "Original repair estimates have been revised as the repair work required more extensive excavation than initially planned," Kerry Martin, spokesperson for MDC, said in a written statement.

    MDC and the city of Hartford responded and water has been shut down from 720 Farmington Avenue to Prospect Street, spanning about a quarter mile.That affected a synagogue and five large apartment buildings in the area.

    Area businesses like Roger's Liquors saw less customers because of the detoured traffic.

    "Police won't let them drive up so...you can't even walk through the water so there's not any walk up business," Fred Vitelli, an employee at the liquor store said.

    The MDC “Water Wagon,” which has around 600 gallons of drinking water, responded to the area and was stationed at the corner of Highland Street and Farmington Avenue for residents who needed water.

    It is not known when the break will be repaired.