Hingham: Water main break causes school delay for high school students

Hingham High School students started school two-hours late Friday morning because of a water main break that caused slippery road conditions.

A water main on Pleasant Street in Hingham burst and water had to be shut off around 4:30AM Friday. About 40 homes near the Pleasant Street area were without running water for six hours.

Public water in Hingham is managed by Aquarion Water, a private company. John Walsh, who is the Vice President of Operations for Aquarion, says they’re investigating why the break occurred but believes cold temperatures may have contributed, “This time of year, we do happen to have more breaks because as the ground freezes pipes can shift around and if there’s a problem with the pipe that’s when it’s going to break.”

But for sometime, Aquarion has had a close eye on the Pleasant Street water main as a pipe in need of repair. “Out 190-miles of pipe we’ve got about 11-miles of it that’s prioritized for replacement and I believe that this is one of the mains on that list,” notes Walsh

Pleasant Street was closed to traffic while crews worked to fix the water main but water was restored to all Hingham residents around 10:30AM Friday.

Pleasant Street, Hingham

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.