Water main break cuts service to more than 100 homes

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Jun. 6—METHUEN — More than 100 homes lost water service resulting from a water main break Monday morning.

The rupture occurred at approximately 1 a.m. when the eight-inch cast iron main gave way under Oakland Avenue between Craven and Railroad streets.

"There is a major water main break on Oakland Ave. near Railroad Street, 100-plus homes without water," police said in a Facebook post. "Traffic detour is in place on Oakland between Railroad and Craven."

According to city officials, the water main has been in service since the early 1900s.

Despite its durability, the useful life of a cast iron main typically does not exceed 100 years, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Although the cause remains unclear, recent roadwork may have been a factor.

The break was repaired by 10:15 a.m.; however, traffic continued to be diverted from the area throughout the afternoon.