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Salem waterline breaks

SALEM — Water department workers spent part of the weekend fixing water breaks on Southeast Boulevard and Merle Road, but Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart said customers weren’t without water.

A section of 10-inch water line on Southeast Boulevard broke on Saturday and then a section of 6-inch water line on Merle Road broke on Sunday. In both cases, Weingart said the repairs were finished after three hours.

He explained that the cast iron pipe can become brittle and break, especially with the colder weather. The week before on Nov. 28 there was an even bigger water line break on South Ellsworth Avenue. He said the city averages 30 to 40 water line breaks per year.

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