Dipping temperatures could mean more water main breaks

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Cooler temperatures could put the pressure on water systems in the Miami Valley.

Tuesday, the Springfield City Service Department warned neighbors about the likelihood of water main breaks during a sustained stretch of cold weather.

“The frost line starts to push down, puts more pressure on the water mains, the water mains break. That’s when we see water bubbling up through the roadways,” explained Chris Moore, the City Service Director.

The city said it typically sees more than three dozen water main breaks each season. Its crews are busiest with repairs during January and February and can usually fix the broken pipe and patch the damaged road in less than four hours.

Moore explained timely action is critical to prevent major damage to pavement and extended road closures for drivers. 

“When we see a water main break, whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning, we try to get crews on it as quickly as possible to minimize the impact to the motoring public and to make sure it doesn’t further damage the roadway,” Moore said.

There haven’t been any water main breaks in the city in 2019 so far, which Moore said could be due to milder temperatures. During a colder New Year in 2018, Springfield tallied four separate breaks.

Utilities Program Coordinator Leslie McDermott explained neighbors near a water main break don’t always see a disruption in services because crews can often work on repairs without depressurizing the water system. It is possible to see harmless discoloration after a break and McDermott recommends turning on water until it runs clear.

If you live in Springfield and suspect a water main break, which typically causes pooling or bubbling water in the road, report the signs to the City Service Department at (937) 525-5800.

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