Route 1 reopens to traffic after water main break in Groton - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Route 1 reopens to traffic after water main break in Groton

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GROTON, CT (WFSB) -

Groton police said Route 1 was reopened to traffic early Thursday morning after being closed when a large water main break was reported in the area.

The large water main break was reported along Poquonnock Road around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and traffic was shut down in the area so crews could work to repair it.

More than two dozen homes and businesses were without water as a result, and detours were set up for commuters so they could circumvent the area.

Groton police said repairs to the 70-year-old 10-inch water main were ongoing, but enough work was completed to let traffic flow through the area.

Water officials said the weather slowed down repairs to the main and that pipe won't get fixed until the weekend because of concerns about lightning.

"This won't interrupt any customer service," said Rick Stevens, who is the general manager for Groton Public Utilities. "Everyone will still have water. The water treatment plant will still be on."

As for the other 39,990 water customers on the Groton system, they're being asked to conserve until the problem is repaired. People should take the following steps: 

  • Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Take a shower instead of bath

The water coming out of the system was tested and deemed safe. That was good news to many restaurant owners, who've already had to change water filters several times, and now hope to recoup lost business.

"This place has a history of making up for lost business, hurricanes and what not, so we usually get that business back pretty quick," said restaurant owner Dan Brodaski.

Restaurants such as the Clam Shack were busy Thursday dumping what appeared to be perfectly good buckets of ice. The water that was used to make the ice was slightly discolored.

After a nearby water main broke, that water pressure change forced many of the popular eateries to close their doors early. And customers trying to get to ones that were open were diverted around the closed road.

"We were really dead," said Candice Taylor of Clam Shack. "Everyone was telling us they had to go all the way around to get to us."

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