Hike in Water Main Breaks

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

With temperatures dropping fast, officials say water main breaks will happen more frequently in Augusta County.

Public Works officials in Augusta County say they've dealt with ten breaks already this month, which does not include two in Waynesboro and one in Staunton in the last three days.

Officials say the breaks are mainly caused by worn cast iron pipes and cold temperatures.

Assistant Superintendent of the Augusta County Service Authority, Dave Hutchinson, says there's no way to prevent these kinds of breaks.

He says, "The ground starts to freeze, tighten up. A lot of these lines, I find that about 58 percent to 60 percent of our lines are usually laying on a piece of rock or something like that."

Hutchinson says they're starting to replace cast iron pipes with ductile arms that are less brittle and won't snap under pressure.

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