AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - A break in a water supply line in Agawam's Feeding Hills section could take up to four weeks to repair.
The 54" steel main from 1928 broke at the weld late Monday afternoon, sending millions of gallons of water 30 feet into the air.
Jim Russell lives right next to where the break happened on East Valley View Drive.
"I was sitting in my living room asleep, and someone rang the doorbell and I looked out my window and it looked like Old Faithful," Russell said.
A day later, his water pressure was back to normal, but the effects are still being felt in several communities.
There have been reports of discolored water from Agawam to East Longmeadow.
Kathy Pedersen, the Executive Director of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission said, "What happens is we shut down that section of the water main, so now the city and other communities are being fed through two other water mains, so the flow changes."
"And that can stir things up and cause some discoloration."
Although the water is still safe, Pedersen says she still wouldn't advise drinking the discolored water.
She said people should run the cold water tap for about 10 minutes, if that doesn't work, turn the water off, let it settle for a few minutes, then try again.
If it persists, give them a call at 413-787-6206.