According to Matt Labovites, Assistant Commissioner for Operations at the Department of Public Works and Parks, the entirety of the city's water system had to be shut down due to the location of the break in the 30-inch water main.
"It was at a very vulnerable part of the system near Tatnuck Square," he
Worcester's reservior system runs down through Holden then along Olean Street and through Tatnuck Square.
The 30-inch main that broke fed directly off the City's main water trunk.
"There was one key valve that was unfortunately broken, and as a result, we couldn't shut the broken 30-inch main down without shutting down the entire system," Labovites
said, noting that Monday was the first time Worcester has had to do so in response to a water main break.
The water main in question was very old, said Labovites
, dating back to the 1880s, but it was relined 100 years later during the 1980s.
It remained unclear on Tuesday whether the water main's age played a role in Monday's rupture.
"When we made the repair and looked at the fractured peices, there was no obvious cause," Labovites