Weather, Age Causing Large Amount Of Water Main Breaks
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CREATED Jul. 30, 2013
Omaha, NE -- The latest water main break in Omaha was on Tuesday at 72nd and Blondo Streets. It's the 42nd this month.
Metropolitan Utilities District said the dry summer is causing water pipes to burst.
"If we could get rain, rain would help everything," said M.U.D Forman Gene Jaworski. "Yesterday that had to have helped a little bit, but we need a couple more days of that."
Last July, when Omaha was in a drought, there were 107 water main breaks in the city.
The total for 2012 was 510.
Up until June of this year, there were 263.
M.U.D said there were a lot in January, between 80-90, because the soil was still dry from last summer's drought, and everything froze in the winter.
Another contributing factor is the age of the lines.
"The system is getting older," said Jaworski. "We're hitting the trouble spots to replace our infrastructure so it's just one of those deals we're going to have to deal with for a little while. It's going to take time to get done everything we need to get done."
The break was something Joseph Chavez wasn't ready for. He works at the Mega Saver at 72nd and Blondo.
There is already construction on 72nd, in front of his employer, and now construction will begin on Blondo to repair this break.
"It's a double whammy," said Chavez. "It's hectic. Usually around this time, it's usually busy, and it's slow right now."
While businesses and residents wait for this break to be repaired, M.U.D is hoping to get a helping hand from Mother Nature.
"If you recall last year was a lot drier than this year, so rain definitely helps," said Jaworski.
The water should be back on in the area by Tuesday night.
The city will then move in to repair the road.