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Bloomington Sees Six Water Main Breaks In One Week

Grimes Lane, where a water main broke. Bloomington, July 2019.

Grimes Lane flooded with water Wednesday afternoon after a water main broke. (Facebook/Justin Plank)

Bloomington utility crews have repaired the city’s sixth water main break this week.

Wednesday’s break occurred on West Grimes Lane and West Patterson Drive near South Walnut Street around 4 p.m.

The road was closed to traffic until around 11 p.m. City workers patched the road and will permanently fix it later.

City of Bloomington Public Affairs Specialist Holly McLauchlin says the breaks are caused by several factors, including the age, size and material of the water main pipes.

She says the city’s recent water main breaks are in line with a national aging infrastructure problem - something the city will budget for in 2020.

The city did repair a water main break on Grimes Lane just more than a month ago. Wednesday’s break was due to a crack near the same spot, so city crews removed and replaced the entire section of pipe.

McLauchlin says the city has a program in place to systematically replace failing and aging water mains, but says it isn’t always as easy as just replacing the oldest pipes.

Bloomington Water Main Breaks Since 07/18/19:

  • July 18 – 15th Street
  • July 20 – Meadowbrook Drive
  • July 21 – Kirkwood Avenue
  • July 22 – Ashwood Drive
  • July 24 – Dodds Street
  • July 24 – Grimes Lane

This post has been updated.

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