Water Main Breaks Winter Irritation

by Audry Kensicki on December 23, 2009 at 1:39 am

The cold, winter weather is affecting more than just snow and ice on the roads, but pipes underneath the roads.

City of Zanesville Public Service Director Mike Sims says the colder weather can seriously affect water lines, especially older ones.

"The problem we get into is we have some of our water lines that are 50 years old or older," he said. "The older lines are cast iron and the cast iron is very brittle."

Sims says cuts in next year’s budget may also affect how quickly water main breaks can be attended to. Sims says employees within water and sewer won’t be driving their vehicles home to save money.

"I think we’re probably looking at maybe an additional 15 to 20 minutes in response time," he said. "It’s going to make a supervisor come into the Central Avenue garage to pick a vehicle up and check the site out."

The City of Zanesville normally sees between 150 to 200 water main breaks per year, but Sims says there have already been 200 so far and he’s expecting more.