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Water Main That Failed In Boston Only 7 Years Old

BOSTON (AP) — Crews on Sunday welded a replacement metal collar they hoped would provide a quicker-than-expected fix for a break in a major pipe that cut off the supply of clean water to 2 million people in Boston and its suburbs.

Adding to the pressure was an unseasonably warm spring forecast for the area, with the temperature predicted to reach a summerlike 88 degrees.

There also were economic and social concerns: Restaurants in suburban Lexington shut down Saturday night, unable to wash dishes or serve customers clean water, while police in Revere had to be called to a BJ’s Wholesale Club after a run on bottled water turned unruly.

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