Pressure causes water mains to burst

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Pressure causes water mains to burst

By Todd Hicks. CREATED May 18, 2014 - UPDATED: May 19, 2014

MILWAUKEE - Trouble under the streets of Milwaukee have utility crews very busy making repairs.

More than 30 water mains have been bursting because of high water pressure.
 
It started after one of two of the city's water pumping stations was shutdown because of a leak. That left just one plant to pump water to nearly one million people.
  
"The pressure needed to go up to get water to the far south and northwest sides of our system," said Carrie Lewis, the superintendent for Milwaukee Water Works.
 
Engineers will attempt to locate the major leak of the south-side pumping station sometime Monday morning.
 
"Until we actually excavate that 84 inch steel pipe and look at it with our eyeballs and understand what is exactly wrong, then well be able to develop a plan," Lewis said.
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Todd Hicks joined TODAY'S TMJ4 after working at WGBA in Green Bay, where he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate.