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Water Main Break Thursday in Maple Grove Causes Water Leak, Low Water Pressure and Discoloration

Oct 28, 2016 06:44PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Traffic near Highway 610 and Elm Creek Boulevard was rerouted during a water main break Oct. 27, 2016. (photo provided by MnDOT)

An unexpected break in a Maple Grove water main Thursday afternoon resulted in the loss of an estimated more than a million gallons of water, residents experiencing low water pressure and discoloration and the temporarily rerouting of traffic.  

The report of the break in a 36” PVC water main pipe came in around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 along Elm Creek Boulevard and Highway 610, according to Maple Grove Director of Public Works/City Engineer Ken Ashfeld.

“A contractor was installing sign posts for the new 610. The contractor hit our water main at about 14 feet,” Ashfeld said. “At this time, we are currently investigating the situation as to what happened at that time.”

The city estimates around 1.3 million gallons of water leaked out of the pipe before the break could be repaired. Within an hour of the initial report, the water leak was “isolated,” according to Ashfeld.

During the water leak, “residents experienced low water pressure and they may have experienced discolored water,” Ashfeld said. “The discoloration is due to iron and magnesium particles accumulated in the water main which was stirred up. The discoloration isn’t harmful, but can cause staining of clothes.”

As of Friday, Oct. 28, the city indicated no additional issues with remained from the break.

“We encourage residents to stay informed on city wide issues by joining our city’s Facebook and Twitter page.  During yesterday’s incident, over 1,500 residents were reached about the incident via our Facebook posts,” Ashfeld said.

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