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Water service disrupted on U.S. 17

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A significant water main break Tuesday led one of the region’s biggest employers to bring in water and portable toilets to its campus on U.S. 17, and affected water service to residences, businesses and a school.

A Stafford County spokeswoman said that water pressure was affected in the Stafford Lakes subdivision, Gayle Middle School and other businesses in the Berea Church area of U.S. 17, including Geico.

The water line break occurred in the area where Henderson Construction Co. of Stafford is widening U.S. 17 between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway.

Around 10:30 a.m., workers were digging to install a new water main along a temporarily closed stretch of Fleet Road, near Dominion Virginia Power, said Kelly Hannon, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

When crews discovered water coming from an existing water line, they shut the water main down manually, Hannon said.

The repair to the water line was completed in the early afternoon. VDOT will discuss the situation with the contractor further to get a full accounting of what happened.

Stafford County officials reported that water pressure was to be restored to the residences, businesses and the school by about 5 p.m. Tuesday. Water quality has not been affected by the break, said county spokeswoman Shannon Howell.

County utility crews installed a booster pump to get water pressure back to normal operating levels as full repairs were made.

Meanwhile, about 1 p.m., Geico emailed employees to tell them that while crews are working to restore water as quickly as possible, portable toilets were on their way.

The 3,000 employees at the complex were asked to not use the restrooms for about an hour during delivery, if possible.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975


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