Crews on Manchester’s west side are working Friday to repair the damage after a 16 inch water main let go Thursday night. The burst pipe led to the evacuation of nearly two-dozen residents.
Repairs to the water main wrapped up around seven Friday morning.
But City Water Works Director David Paris says they’re pressure testing the pipe before bringing it back to full force. Crews are now spending Friday removing chunks of asphalt and refilling the hole left behind by about one million gallons of water that flowed down city streets.
Paris says the damage will be expensive to repair.
“We have not generated an estimate. It would be safe to think it would be in excess of $50,000, perhaps as much as $100,000.”
Paris says the 90-year-old water main burst at a cast iron coupling. He says issues with pipes are not uncommon when temperature changes but this was a rare event.