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County Crews Working Hard to Repair Water Main Breaks
KETTERING -- For days, the Miami Valley has been dealing with bursting pipes and severe water damages in homes and businesses as the Miami Valley thaws out from its deep arctic freeze.
And the people who maintain water lines locally say they're expecting even bigger issues.
County crews are hard at work repairing a water main break on Cherry Oak Drive in Kettering this afternoon.
"A substantial part of our workforce are responding to water leaks and water main beaks in the winter months," said Brianna Wooten, Montgomery County spokesperson.
In fact, from Monday to Wednesday, they checked 55 water leaks in the county and in the same time frame last year they checked just 17.
And with temperatures going up even more, we could see more breaks.
"We'll probably have a few over the weekend that will keep us busy," said Wooten.
During the winter when temperatures fluctuate, it causes the ground to freeze and unfreeze, which causes the soil around the pipes to expand and contract.
"They can sort of wiggle and break, they can blow holes through them, it can kind of shear off into two pieces, it really depends," said Wooten.
That puts pressure on the pipes and in some cases the age is a big factor in whether or not the pipes burst.
"A lot of the mains can be 50-60, some can be up to 80-100 years old depending on what you're looking at," Wooten said.
As crews remove the old, it's in with the new.
"We replace them with a ductile pipe that is a much longer life expectancy than the current pipes that are in the ground, up to 100 years."
If you see a water leak or possible break, you are asked to call the county dispatch at 937-781-2678.
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