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Photo: Cleaning up water after break in sprinkler system line at former Lowe's building

This morning contractors working on the former Lowe's location, getting the remaining space ready for new retail stores, apparently forgot to turn the water off to the sprinkler system before deciding to disconnect a pipe. The pipe needed to be relocated to make room for a new entrance to the new store. Workers undid two bolts and whoosh! An explosion of water. Perhaps as much as 1,000 gallons spilled out before the water was shut off. The break caused the water flow alarm to go off resulting in a response from the Town of Batavia Fire Department. Volunteer firefighters grabbed squeegees and brooms and helped clear the water out from inside the building.

Elizabeth Downie
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Joined: Nov 10 2009

I'd hate to be the one paying THAT water bill! Yikes!

Jeff Allen
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Joined: Jun 5 2009

"Volunteer firefighters grabbed squeegees and brooms and helped clear the water out from inside the building"
That's what makes us proud of our local volunteers, always going above and beyond.

tim raines
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Joined: Sep 11 2009

I don't know what the water costs are in the Town of Batavia.

Where I live, 1000 gallons cost $7.00.

Kyle Couchman
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Joined: Dec 25 2009

LOL thats not the price per gallon I pay at 7/11

Bob Harker
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Joined: Aug 20 2009

Major Oops.

alvin tufts
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Joined: Jun 22 2012

It was for profit contractors working at a for profit business. They should pay to clean it up themselves. Their ignorance already wasted tax dollars. Its not someone's house. If the volunteers are feeling generous, then come back after your equipment is returned to the station. I think we have spent too much tax money on these corporate fat cats. Tax credits to build then again to rebuild, fires, etc....

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