Due to what local officials are calling a major water break, Marblehead residents have been asked to avoid using their water taps until further notice.
Officials are asking residents to refrain from running their water, but if they do, to run the cold water until it turns clear and avoid running hot water at all.
The water main break happened on the Marblehead neck at Foster Street and Harbor Avenue around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., according to officials.
“We’re still in the process of determining the cause of the break,” said Brad Perron, assistant superintendent of the Marblehead Water and Sewer Commission. “Workers are currently at the scene.”
Residents received a ‘code red’ phone call from the town around 8 a.m. saying that there has been a major water break in town and some residents might be experiencing low water pressure, rusty water, or no water at all.
There are two water mains that run from the central part of town onto the neck and the larger main has a break in it, said Chuck McCollum, superintendent of the Marblehead Water and Sewer Commission. Workers are trying to locate the break in a 50-foot strip of the road, which does not have any flooding.
“The only thing that would happen in Marblehead is that there could be rusty water in town because we’re pumping the water at a higher pressure,” McCollum said. “The break is isolated and it’s under control.”
McCollum added that about four people have called in and said they have clear running water. “Only the early morning people could have been totally affected,” he said.
Marblehead resident Jack Attridge lives on Beach Street, just down the road from the neck, and said he had low water pressure around 5:30 a.m. Attridge also spearheads an informational Marblehead Facebook page and said there were reports of low water pressure all the way to Jersey Street, which is on the other side of town.
“I have to go to work still with my curlers in my hair,” Attridge said. “I had enough water pressure to take a shower, but the water main break is really affecting the town-wide water pressure.”