CANAAN — Residents were expected to have full water service by Tuesday after a major break drained the town’s system, according to Town Administrator Mike Samson.
Samson said the water boiling advisory is still in effect until Tuesday and people are being asked to conserve water as the system gets back up to full capacity.
“We have enough right now to cover two days at full capacity,” Samson said.
Trouble started a week ago when the system started losing water at a rate of about 5,000 to 10,000 gallons a day, Samson said. The town draws water from the Canaan Street Lake, then pumps it into the treatment plant and back out into the water supply.
“The normal consumption is about 25,000 to 30,000 gallons,” he said.
The supply tank typically has about 300,000 gallons in it, but got down to around 40,000, he said, causing concern. That sent officials to look for the leak, and it sent residents scrambling for water.
Home Depot, Walmart and other retailers donated bottled water for the 600 or so residents on the water system, Samson said. He said town employees and volunteers helped search for leaks, and the town got help from Lebanon, Hanover and Enfield. There were between 25 and 30 people working on the leak, he said.
“It was a remarkable effort from a whole bunch of people,” he said.
Finally, after days of searching with sounding equipment, the leak was found in a pipe under Bruce Road and Route 4, Samson said.
Crews worked Monday to repair the pipe, originally installed in the 1980s. Canaan’s main pipes in and out of Canaan Street Lake and the water treatment plant go back more than 100 years, Samson said.
“The age is a weakness,” he said.