Fire hydrants are pressed into service after two separate watermain breaks near the Auburn Housing Authority’s Family Development on Friday, causing disruptions for tenants. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

AUBURN — One leak led to another, which led to another.

A series of waterline leaks in the area of Broadview Avenue led to disruptions for tenants at the Auburn Housing Authority’s Family Development.

Mike Broadbent, assistant superintendent of the Auburn Water and Sewer Districts, described a situation where one leak turned into several.

He said while maintenance crews worked to repair a small service leak Thursday, a second, “more intense” leak developed in a nearby line. Both serviced Auburn Housing Authority buildings.

Then, “when the district isolated the leaking service … there was a third leak that developed,” he said.

The buildings affected were 4, 7, 8 and 9. Broadbent said roughly 10 units were without water for two to three hours, but that all buildings had service restored by Thursday evening.

At least one family reported being without water from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Broadbent said the district “worked through the night” to set up temporary water service to buildings No. 7 and No. 4.

The Water District and the Housing Authority will work to permanently repair the services starting Monday, he said.

Martin Szydlowski, executive director of the Auburn Housing Authority, said Friday that the water disruption “was not a planned maintenance on behalf of residents” at the Family Development.

He said the Housing Authority and Water District did not expect the initial fix to cause disruptions to service for tenants.

Szydlowski said the Housing Authority did not issue a notice to tenants regarding the Water District work due to service being restored Thursday night. He said a notice will be sent to tenants regarding the permanent repairs.


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