Madison Water Utility crews believe cold weather to blame for water main breaks
MADISON, Wis. — 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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