Month: October 2020

Aging piping blamed for water main break on Main Street in Sykesville

The Carroll County Bureau of Utilities is assessing the extent of a water main break that happened along Main Street in Sykesville, according to a Monday afternoon news release from the agency. Bureau of Utilities Chief Andrew Watcher said Monday afternoon that the break can be traced to a 3.5-foot crack in the street’s cast …

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Gas Networks Ireland reminds contractors to ‘Dial Before You Dig’ during Construction Safety Week

This Construction Safety Week, Gas Networks Ireland is reminding contractors to put safety first and always ‘Dial Before You Dig’. Digging into natural gas pipelines can cause major disruption, serious injury and even death. Gas Networks Ireland is urging contractors to check the location of the underground gas pipelines before beginning any work. Natural gas …

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Arlington Public Schools virtual learning up and running after fiber-optic cable causes outage

ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington County Schools closed for distance learning Wednesday after a fiber-optic cable malfunction caused huge problems for the county and school community, according to a statement from the school district. APS network services were able to be restored by 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, but distance learning will not resume until Thursday. “Yesterday, …

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LEAP maintenance supervisor sues two Maine companies after Farmington explosion

FARMINGTON (WGME) – Former LEAP maintenance supervisor Larry Lord and his wife have filed a lawsuit following last year’s explosion in Farmington that left him with “severe and permanently disabling injuries,” according to a complaint in Franklin County Court. The suit alleges CN Brown and Techno Metal Post were negligent and caused the explosion. The …

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Weekend explosion in Harrisonburg was result of gas leak

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WDBJ) – An explosion and fire in Harrisonburg Saturday started as the result of a natural gas leak inside the building. That’s according to the Harrisonburg Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office. The origin of the leak and ignition source have not been determined; an investigation continues. Five people were hurt and several surrounding businesses were …

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Excavation-Related Damages to Utilities Cost the U.S. Approximately $30 Billion in 2019

The Common Ground Alliance’s annual DIRT Report reveals that utility damages continue to trend upward, despite construction spending remaining flat Washington (Oct. 14, 2020) – Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the national nonprofit trade association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, today announced the findings from its 2019 Damage …

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Residents, without water at home, offered to shoulder pipeline repair work

The ownership of the lines feeding water under Cole’s Creek Road to the homes there is in some question. While normally the cistern and pipelines would all be considered one system, some of the residents say they had, and were willing to continue, assuming ownership of the pipeline under an agreement with the cistern owner, …

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