WATERVILLE — Five water mains sprung leaks in eight days in Waterville and Winslow, requiring about $15,000 in pipe repairs and another $8,000 in asphalt repairs.

Don Haley, distribution superintendent at Kennebec Water District, said that many leaks in that short a time frame is unusual.

The most recent leak, said Haley, was Monday about 11:25 a.m. when a 6-inch hole opened up in a cast iron main on Edwards Street in Waterville.

He estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 gallons of water spewed from the leak, which was repaired by 2:30 p.m.

Haley said the water district crew excavates below where breaks in the lines occur so dirty water cannot contaminate the line and it’s not necessary to issue an order to boil water.

Water samples are tested after breaks to ensure the water is safe to drink, he said.

Since Aug. 8 there have also been water main breaks twice on Monica Avenue in Winslow, once on Augusta Road in Winslow and once on Abbott Street in Waterville.

Haley said the five mains that sprung leaks were installed between 1928 and 1958.

In addition to the repairs and installation of new mains, Haley said, in some instances, considerable new pavement will need to be laid.

Beth Staples — 861-9252

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