Water main break discovered in Reading's 18th Ward

READING, Pa. - A water main break in Reading caused headaches for some residents and local businesses Friday.

A spokesperson for the Reading Area Water Authority said residents in the 18th Ward reported they had no water or weak water pressure Friday morning around 7 a.m. 

RAWA initially treated the issue as air in the pipes but then discovered a 16-inch water main break behind Reading Area Community College.  

RAWA crews were working to flush hydrants and restore water for residents and expect to have the issue resolved by Friday evening.

As of Friday afternoon, between 800 and 1000 customers were affected. Crews have the water main break isolated with service to customers being restored. 

Repairs are expected to take six to eight hours, according to a spokesperson for the Reading Area Water Authority. 

"This was a very isolated main break due to the fact that it's where very little people walk or low traffic," said Tony Reynolds from RAWA. "We urge our customers if you experience low water pressure or you see water gushing out of the street or sidewalk, please call us right away."

Customers will need to boil water for three days once it has been restored as a precaution, according to RAWA. 

Mobile water tanks for those in need of clean water will be stationed at the following locations: 

1. St. Elizabeth's Villa - Museum Road & Kenhorst Blvd. 

2. Wyomissing Health & Rehab Center - 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd. 

3. Kenhorst Blvd. & Liberty Avenue 

4. State Police barracks in Reading  

Water Authority officials are urging people to be on the lookout for these types of breaks throughout the summer.  

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