Tuesday November 13, 2012

WORCESTER (AP) -- Worcester shut off water gates that feed the city’s lines Monday night to repair a large water main break that led Worcester State University to cancel Tuesday’s classes because of flooding on campus.

Robert Moylan, city public works director, told the Telegram & Gazette newspaper that the move is necessary to gain control of a 40-inch main leading to a 30-inch main that broke at about 12:30 p.m. near Chandler and May Streets, flooding part of Worcester State University. Moylan said water gates near the city’s water treatment plant were shut down Monday evening to allow crews access to the broken main. He said he hopes service can be restored Tuesday morning.

Deputy Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell said tanker trucks from surrounding towns, some of which carry as much as 1,500 gallons of water, will be placed around the city in case they are needed for firefighting. He said most of the city’s fire engines also carry 500 gallons of water.

During the repair the city said homes and businesses should expect low water pressure or none, and discolored water for a time after flow is restored.