Fewer Water Main Breaks Overall

by Kelly Choate on January 17, 2012 at 6:24 am

The mild weather is responsible for fewer water main breaks over the past few months, but the Zanesville Water Department is dealing with a major one.

Superintendent Paul Mills said a water main break has closed Main Street from the y-bridge to Third Street in downtown Zanesville.  He said a section of a 12 inch pipe broke under the roadway.  Public Service Director Mike Sims said the city hasn’t had to fix many water main breaks so far this winter.

"We haven’t gone through the extreme freeze-thaw cycles that we had in the last few winters," said Sims.  "That’s what’s the hardest on the system, and that’s when we experience the multiple breaks."

Meanwhile, tests are being run at Zanesville’s new water plant, which became operational on December 20th.  Sims said the transition went relatively smoothly.

"It has worked out fairly well, and I imagine for the next 30 days or so, the contractor will just be finishing and finalizing punch list items and working the bugs out of the software," said Sims.

Crews on the scene of the water main break said that no boil advisory has been issued, and Main Street will likely remain closed overnight.