Crews repair Smithfield water main break


SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A water main break that sent water gushing onto I-295 in Smithfield has been repaired, according to town officials.

Late Monday afternoon, crews responded to the overpass that carries Route 7 over the highway after the pipe burst.

Town officials tweeted early Tuesday morning that the break was repaired just before 6 a.m.

Smithfield Emergency Management Agency Director Todd Manni said the water main break slowed traffic in the area for several hours and forced crews to temporarily shut off water to some nearby residents.

Any residents that have discolored water coming from their faucets should run the faucets until the discoloration clears, then clean the faucet’s filter screens.

The line where the break took place carries water from North Providence to a water tank in Smithfield, according to Manni. He said it’s hard to say how much water was lost before crews were able to stop the flow, or what exactly caused the line to rupture.

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