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Utility Crews Repair 12 Water Main Breaks In One Week

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(WFIU/WTIU News)

Bloomington utility crews repaired 12 water main breaks last week, including the last four Thursday. 

Holly McLauchlin is Bloomington Utilities communications director and said it is difficult to pinpoint a cause for the breaks. The age and material of pipes are factors, but she said water temperature could also play a role.

"We get our drinking water from Lake Monroe, and it was really cold," McLauchlin said. "We do know that that cold water tends to lead to more breaks ” 

McLauchlin said all repairs to the pipes are intended to be permanent, but construction damage may only be temporarily fixed.

The severity and cost of each repair varies, but McLauchlin said no one planned for 12 breaks in one week. 

She said a 2020 study determined the current cost of services does not provide the department enough funding for all its goals.

"If we’re spending all of our money on maintenance, then we are not able to spend as much moving forward and putting in new systems,” McLauchlin said.

McLauchlin said they would like to double the amount of money they have been putting into the water main replacement system since 2017. She said the increase would support replacing the water infrastructure every 100 years. 

McLauchlin said signing up for the Monroe County Citizen Alert System helps notify residents of nearby water main breaks, boil advisories, and severe weather. More information can be found on the Monroe County website.

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