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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
July 28, 2010

Ria Convery, Communications Director
(617) 788-1105, <>

Half of MWRA Coupling Unearthed, Sent to Lab

workers extract coupling
Crews hand-dig to free coupling
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coupling nearly extracted
Coupling nearly extracted
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preparing to hoist
Workers prepare to hoist the coupling
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preparing to hoist coupling
Ready for transport to lab
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Digging by hand, crews have successfully unearthed half of the coupling involved in the May 1, 2010 water main break.

At 3:30 p.m. today, the 15-foot section was lifted from the work pit and transported directly to a laboratory for analysis.

The other half of the coupling, which was attached to the first section by a single bolt, is still buried deep under a water pipe. Engineers are assessing options for the safe retrieval of this section.


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Updated July 28, 2010