Evanston’s Utilites Department will be working today to fix a leak in the water main that serves the Chandler-Newberger Center on Central Street.

The recreation center staff will relocate programs held at the center while the water is shut off. The shutoff will begin at 10 a.m. No word yet on when the water is expected to be turned back on.

The shutoff of the 6-inch line to the center at 1028 Central will also affect the American Legion building next door at 1030 Central.

Update 9;15 a.m.: Because of the severity of the leak — which is overloading sewers in the area, the water now is being shut off immediately.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. water main breaks versus replacing a tank?
    I also noticed today on Euclid place what looks like another water line break, the area has been marked for excavation. The water department wants to raise water rates 20% over the next few years to replace a water tank for $26 million dollars which appears to be unnecessary, when the consultant report told them to replace the top for $4 million – seems to me we need the other $22 million to replace the miles of 100 year old water lines!

    1. Evanston ever have a water main break like UCLA ?

      7/29/14 UCLA [and appears surrounding area] had a MAJOR water main break and lots of damage. 93 year old pipe, hole 30 ft. wide, 8 million gallons of water, water shot 30 ft high and ejected pavement 6+ inches in diameter.  Reports said it took four hours to shut the water supply down—findiing what pipe to shut, and which to shut that would not shut off water to 'everybody' or cause other water problems.

      Has Evanston ever had such a large main break ?  For any size break, how long has it taken Evanston to shut off the water ? With a UCLA type break would Evanston be better prepared ?

      It seems 100 year old pipes get mentioned frequently for breaks and it seems Evanston keeps talking about 100 year old pipes.


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