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Workers still trying to pinpoint leak in Canaan village


Staff report
Sunday, September 15, 2019

CANAAN — Water crews spent a third day trying to pinpoint and fix a leak that has drained much of the public water supply for Canaan village.

Town officials late Saturday said they had found a “significant leak” near Bruce Road, a short residential street off Route 4, and on Sunday said with “95% certainty” that its exact location is under Route 4.

Earlier Sunday they thought they would have to put off finding the source until Monday.

“We have used three different technologies to locate it. We can't just rip up RT 4 without being sure,” officials wrote in an email update just after 4 p.m.

The tanks at the treatment plant were refilled Sunday but residents still are being asked to conserve water use.

Workers also are trying to address a separate problem with a line that carries water from Canaan Street Lake to the system’s treatment plant on Fernwood Farms Road.

“A crew of fire fighters have started to install a temporary water line to the lake and a pump to move the water from the lake to the water treatment plant,” the update on Sunday morning said. “This line will bypass the existing line. Using this line should speed up the recovery of water in the storage tank, but it will take several days. On Monday, we will attempt to locate the break in the line from the lake to the plant.”

Canaan officials on Friday afternoon asked village residents not to use the public water system, and to boil the water if they must use it for drinking or cooking, after saying a leak had caused the water tank to drop from 300,000 gallons to 40,000 over the past week.

Drinking water for village residents has been made available at the Mascoma Community Health Center at the corner of Route 4 and Roberts Road.

The rural town has a population of about 3,900. About 400 people, roughly 10% of the town, are served by the water system.

The town plans to start repairs Monday morning.