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Water main break forces restaurants to close early on Spring Lake's west end

Becky Vargo • Jul 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Water was shut off to a number of businesses and residences after a water main break was discovered on Saturday in front of Barrett Boat Works, 821 W. Savidge St,. in the Village of Spring Lake.

Village Public Works Foreman Ben VanHoeven said the affected area was from the antique mall west to Old Boys Brewhouse. The brewery was closed earlier in the afternoon and Small Town Sandwich Shop closed at 6 p.m.

“We did end up having to close at 6 p.m.,” said Finn Treece in a social media post. “We held out as long as we could but we will be reopen tomorrow (Monday) at 11a.m.”

The water shutoff also affected Barrett Boat Works and two condominium complexes on the west end.

VanHoeven said that part of the marina still had water from a service that came off Liberty Street.

Businesses and residences on the south side of M-104 also experienced temporary water shut offs while the Village public works crew and a crew from Northern Pipeline worked to isolate the leak.

VanHoeven said that they determined the leak was in a pipe that provided fire suppression service to Barrett’s.

They shut down that part of the pipe overnight, while still maintaining water service to others in the area.

But on Sunday that changed.

“It’s tied to the main line, so you have to shut the main line down to fix it,” VanHoeven said.

Northern Pipeline owner Clarence Bierman said they were hoping to tighten a sleeve that they put over the pipe enough to stop the leak so they could go home for the night and return on Monday to do the fix. But the crack in the pipe was too big.

Bierman said, as of about 6 p.m. Sunday, that he expected the repair would take them another four hours.

VanHoeven said crews have made several repairs to water mains in the area over the last few years.

“There’s lots of sawdust in here from the old sawmills that used to be here so there’s a lot of settling,” he said.

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