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The Skagit Public Utility District found a second break in its main water transmission line Tuesday morning, hours after repairing a similar leak.

This new leak, located at Morford Road and Old Day Creek Road, is about a mile up the line from a break found early Monday, PUD spokesman Kevin Tate said.

Residents in Big Lake and Clear Lake are still asked to conserve water, but he said the district is using reserves elsewhere in the system to recharge their reservoirs.

The 59 PUD customers on Wayward Lane, Timber Lane, Old Day Creek Road and Merrifield Road are still without water due to the breaks, according to the district’s website.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience,” Tate said. “We understand being without water is a big hassle.”

Tate said he hoped repairs would be completed late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The cause of the cracks is unknown.

This leak, caused by a 5-foot-long crack in the concrete pipe that brings water from Judy Reservoir to Mount Vernon, is more difficult to repair than the first.

While the first crack was on a straight section of pipe beneath an open field, this second one is located in a bend in the pipe, under a slope with vegetation. All of these factors make it more labor-intensive to replace, Tate said.

Crews will have to pull the whole 32-foot pipe section out of the ground and replace it with iron pipe, he said.

A map of outages and conservation areas is available at skagitpud.org.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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