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Water main repair project a major job in Tamaqua

  • Tamaqua Borough workers and  subcontractors, seen in the background,  continue with excavation and repairs of a  30-inch water main located in the woods near Snake Hill. But to access the site, trees had to be cut down and a temporary roadway …
    Tamaqua Borough workers and subcontractors, seen in the background, continue with excavation and repairs of a 30-inch water main located in the woods near Snake Hill. But to access the site, trees had to be cut down and a temporary roadway created, seen here.
Published July 31. 2014 01:07PM

The project to repair a water main serving portions of the Dutch Hill section of Tamaqua is proving to be an extensive operation.

The 30-inch main is located in a steeply-sloped, wooded mountainside alongside a section of Elm Street commonly called Snake Hill.

According to workers on scene, the borough first had to cut down large trees and then build a temporary but substantial road to access the site with heavy equipment.

Work has been underway since the middle of July.

On Tuesday, the Tamaqua Area Water Authority issued a water boil advisory for parts of Dutch Hill.

The advisory will remain in place until the work is completed and tests have indicated that the water is safe to use.

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