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By Anna Lothson
Oak Park public works crews have capped a geyser of water that started shooting out of a water main Friday morning. The break occurred along Humphrey Avenue, just north of the train track overpass, where crews had been doing work on one of the water lines that delivers Oak Park's water supply from Chicago.
Crews were drilling into a pipe to install a test valve when a piece broke, causing water to shoot at least 20 feet into the air. Test values are used to check the accuracy of the water meter the City of Chicago uses to bill Oak Park for its water consumption.
Within an hour of the problem crews were able to make the necessary repairs to stop the leak. No homes or businesses were affected by the initial problem or the temporary shutdown of the water line from Chicago.