Service restored to 1,000 residents after water main break

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Battling the frigid temperatures, crews were able to repair a water main break near the Cranston/Johnston Line on Friday.

The 12-inch main at the intersection of Plainfield Pike and Mill Street in Johnston ruptured at about 3 a.m.

Approximately 1,000 customers were affected, but Providence Water said service was restored by about 7 p.m.

General Manager Ricky Caruolo blamed the break on the extreme cold and the aging pipes – noting this wasn’t the first water main break this winter.

“The temperatures dropping below zero have been brutal on our distribution system,” he said.

Crews used leak detection equipment to pinpoint the exact location of  the break, then had to excavate the snow and frozen ground to access the pipe and make the necessary repairs.

Police had to redirect traffic in the area until the hole was filled back in.

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