Assessing water main break continues as repairs begin

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the city is looking into what caused the break that left thousands under a boil advisory in February.

The City has already contracted out the $850,000 job to a company in West Chester to repair the break, and Dayton Water Department Director, Michael Powell said work started last week.

“This pipe is 20 – 25 years old, it shouldn’t have broke, frankly,” said Whaley. “We’ll continue to assess why that happened, particularly in the river, and take appropriate action from there, that will still be currently underway.”

Powell said a number of factors could have led to the break, but Whaley said they are investigating it for future purposes.

Whaley added this was one of just a few times in decades they have had a boil advisory, crediting the infrastructure that they have invested billions of dollars into.

“Our community has been thoughtful about that,” said Whaley. “Our commission has been thoughtful about that, putting one to two percent every year for a decade and really making sure that we invest in it.”

Whaley said she is overall very pleased with how the city and county handled the water emergency, especially with getting information out through all aspects of media.

“We always, in these processes, find ways that we can improve, and we’ve of course found those processes, and are continuing to work that through tabletop exercises and other ways to make sure that we just get better and better,” said Whaley.

A spokesperson for the city of Dayton told 2NEWS, “The City of Dayton, Department of Water has a leak detection program and inspects many of our water assets including reservoirs, water towers,  as well as water mains on a regular basis.  Currently, inspections on large diameter water mains are very difficult to perform and very  costly as the pipe needs to be excavated, tapped to insert inspection equipment, and most of the time taken out of service for an extended period.  The Department is investigating emerging technologies that may provide some help in the future for identifying potential breaks and/or isolating break locations at lower costs.”

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