Madison Water Utility crews believe cold weather to blame for water main breaks

Madison Water Utility crews believe cold weather to blame for water main breaks
Photo courtesy of Madison Water Utility
Paterson Street Operations Center

Madison Water Utility repaired two water main breaks in the city today.

One break happened Wednesday morning on Dwight Road.

Madison Water Utility posted a video of the repairs being done on social media.

MWU crews working to reach the broken water main under Dwight Drive. pic.twitter.com/Lb2hFbVX3R

— Madison Water (@MadWaterUtility) December 11, 2019

Then, around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, crews were sent to repair a break on South Midvale.

Crews believe weather is playing a role in these breaks. Before this week, there was no frost line in the ground, according to Madison Water Utility spokesperson Amy Barrilleaux. As of Wednesday, the frost is 2 to 4 inches deep below the surface.

When frost starts to move down into the ground, it causes the soil to shift, putting pressure on older mains, Barrilleaux said.

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