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Three People Charged Over Somerset Water Contamination Scare

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The town had to flush fire hydrants as a precaution.

The town had to flush fire hydrants as a precaution.

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SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — Three people are facing charges in connection with a water contamination scare in Somerset that caused a three-day ban on drinking town tap water.

The Herald News reports that police on Wednesday filed charges against two employees of Hydrograss Technologies for wanton destruction of property, conspiracy and unlicensed connection to a distribution system. An employee of Cianbro is facing charges of interfering with metering of water, unlicensed connection to a distribution system, and larceny.

The suspects were not arrested and their names were not released pending their court appearance.

Police say the private companies were working on a bridge project on May 31 when the Cianbro employee granted permission to Hydrograss Technologies to connect to a hydrant for water. But the town never granted permission.

No one got sick.

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