As the thermometer struggles to hit single digits today, crews at Metropolitan Utilities District in Omaha are working hard to keep the water running. M-U-D spokesperson Tracey Christensen says there were more than a dozen water main breaks in Omaha since Sunday.
The utility reports they do see more water main breaks during extreme temperatures both in the winter as well as summer. During the winter there is added pressure to the pipes when the ground frost is thicker and that puts pressure on the pipes. The temperature of the water running through the pipes can also contribute to problems.
Christensen says they are seeing many of the breaks in the older parts of town where the pipes are cast iron however crews are also responding to newer areas so there is no one isolated area of breakage. She says it typically takes crews 3 to 4 hours to make the necessary repairs.