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Water main leak shuts down Concord Hospital satellite office

  • A water main break on Commercial Street shut off water to 60, 70 and 80 Commercial St. on Wednesday. The break caused Concord Hospital to close its satellite building at Horseshoe Pond for the day. Caitlin Andrews/Monitor staff

  • A water main break on Commercial Street has shut off water to 60, 70 and 80 Commercial Street for the day. The break caused Concord Hospital to close its satellite building at Horseshoe Pond for the day. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff

  • A water main break on Commercial Street has shut off water to 60, 70 and 80 Commercial Street for the day. The break caused Concord Hospital to close its satellite building at Horseshoe Pond for the day. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff

  • A water main break on Commercial Street has shut off water to 60, 70 and 80 Commercial Street for the day. The break caused Concord Hospital to close its satellite building at Horseshoe Pond for the day. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff

  • A water main break on Commercial Street has shut off water to 60, 70 and 80 Commercial Street for the day. The break caused Concord Hospital to close its satellite building at Horseshoe Pond for the day. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff

  • A water main break on Commercial Street has shut off water to 60, 70 and 80 Commercial Street for the day. The break caused Concord Hospital to close its satellite building at Horseshoe Pond for the day. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff

  • A water main break on Commercial Street has shut off water to 60, 70 and 80 Commercial Street for the day. The break caused Concord Hospital to close its satellite building at Horseshoe Pond for the day. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A broken water pipe on Commercial St. closed down a satellite Concord Hospital office and closed off a portion of Commercial St. for several hours Wednesday.

Concord’s water systems supervisor Marc Moore said the city’s department of public works learned of a water main break about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. He said 60, 70 and 80 Commercial St. were without water, which included Concord Hospital’s offshoot Horseshoe Pond location.

Concord DPW spokesperson Angelina Zulkic later characterized the incident as a “leak,” saying a water break is a “much larger-scale incident that may lead to further concerns (like a sinkhole), while a water leak generally is a much more controlled repair with a smaller scale of disruption.”

A representative for Concord Hospital said the facility was closed for the day.

Moore said it’s hard to tell what exactly caused the incident, but did note that age was probably a factor, as the pipe dates back to 1929. The pipe was probably made of cement-lined cast iron, which is brittle, he said.

This is the third time a pipe has failed in the 60-80 Commercial St. area in three years, Moore said.

The road around 60-80 Commercial St. was closed from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while repairs were ongoing. Water was restored to customers at 2 p.m., according to a Concord DPW press release.

The area where the leak occurred was to be temporarily filled with gravel until Thursday, when crews will return to pave over the spot. The stretch of Commerical Street will have one-lane traffic on Thursday.

The Concord City Council approved $775,000 worth of stormwater system improvements last Thursday as part of its $10 million capital improvements projects budget. Some of the city’s stormwater infrastructure is approaching 100 years old.

Moore did not know, however, whether the broken water main was scheduled for repair in the upcoming fiscal year.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)