WATERVILLE — The Kennebec Water District was working Tuesday to fix a water main that broke sometime in the morning, cutting water service to some city residents, workers said.

The break happened on Broad Street, which is off Western Avenue, leaving residents of the street without water and closing down the street. Assistant engineer Josh Couture said Tuesday afternoon it was “hard to say” when water would be back on for residents.

The local mailman called the water district when he saw water trickling out from under the street. The main dates from the 1950s, Couture said.

“Those tend to break a lot more frequently than other eras,” he said.

The water district is going to dig up the water main to see why it leaked, which could be for a few reasons, Couture said, but is unknown right now. If there is a hole or a disconnect, they will put in a new section of pipe.

The street will remain closed until the water district is done. The deep frost from the winter weather could mean the district has to bring in a jackhammer to get to the pipe.

“You can’t really dig it at that point,” Couture said.

Couture said that winter is “primetime” for them and that they’ve been busy fixing other leaks or breaks around town lately.

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

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