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Why So Many Water Main Breaks on Monday?

Monday, Jan. 6, Framingham DPW crews responded to and fixed water main breaks on Potter Road, Waveney Way and Fox Hill Road.

Yesterday, Jan. 6, Framingham DPW crews responded to and fixed water main breaks on Potter Road, Waveney Way and Fox Hill Road.

A couple of Patch readers asked why so many water main breaks on a warm, foggy morning? You Ask, Patch Answers, found out why.

"Each time that we experience a freeze or a thaw, the ground around the pipes shift causing the pipes to move slightly also. This can result in a leak at a weak spot in the pipe," said Framingham DPW Deputy Director Paul G. Barden.

Monday, the temperatures almost reached 50 degrees, but on Tuesday an arctic freeze may have us seeing only a high of 10-15 degrees, with wind chills far below zero.

The drastic temperature shift could mean more water main issues.

"The extreme fluctuations in temperature are certainly a cause for concern," said Barden Monday afternoon. "We are hoping for the best but luck hasn’t been on our side the past few days."

 


Prometheus January 07, 2014 at 07:31 AM
....and because you only fix what is broken, all other funds you should be using for upkeep and repair is instead used for the grand social experiment going on. Get used to it.

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