Water Main Break Causing Problems In South Park Twp.

SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Repairs to a massive water main break in South Park Township will take some time.

According to police, the 48-inch main broke Thursday morning on Piney Fork Road around 7 a.m. Thursday.

The biggest problem is getting to the line. It’s located under an old railroad tunnel where South Park stores its salt supply. They have to move hundreds of tons of the salt truck by truck.

Another problem is that tons of the salt washed into Piney Creek. The community’s anglers association actually stocks trout into Piney Creek, so it’s a popular fishing location.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it took samples of the creek and is analyzing the water; however, they did not see any evidence of fish kill.

The DEP estimates 30 million gallons of water spilled out from the break.

PennDOT and South Park Township crews are still trucking salt out of the reserve tunnel in order to reach the source of the break.

The water has been shut off and engineers are on the scene. All railroad traffic that uses Green Man’s Tunnel was also halted.

Water has been rerouted in the area and only four customers are without service. Crews hoped to have service restored to them Thursday night.


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  • Brandon Crevar

    I am part of the Tri Community Anglers Assoition and at approx 8 pm, my self Brandon Crevar, and the president Ron Patterson went to Peter’s creek to take a look at the dammage the was caused. Now the DEP says there was no “evidence” of fish killed. In less than an hour myself and Ron walked up the creek and found at least 2 full large zip lock bags filled with fish of all types. Now that was how many hours past the incident. I am not sure if the DEP is trying to cover the incident up for South Park Township, but there is plenty of proof that we have between the dead fish and plenty of witnesses. I sure hope some action will be takin over this……

  • keep on fish'n

    Can the Angler’s Association file a claim against the water company’s insurance for the amount it cost to stock the stream. This would insure it being stocked next year or after the clean up. Somebody should be responsible. Call the township supervisors. Nobody has seen or heard from them in a while.

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