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DEP Investigating Water Main Break on UWS

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New York City's Department of Environmental Protection is investigating why a water main burst on Manhattan's Upper West Side Monday. The rupture, on West 106th Street near Central Park West, disrupted mass transit for much of the day, flooded subway stations, and created a crater in the street.

MTA employees worked through the night to pump out water and clear debris in time for Tuesday morning's commute.

Spokesman Farrell Sklerov said the DEP will pay for repairs, and that crews have already removed a broken, 15-foot segment of the 94-year-old water main and replaced it.

Sklerov said there's no connection between the break and two other incidents earlier this summer — one in Washington Heights and the other on Jerome Avenue.

He said water mains may rupture because of construction and weather conditions, particularly during the winter.

He said the DEP does replace water and sewer mains through its capital program, and that the city regularly checks for leaks in the system.

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