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Harsh Weather Blamed for Record No. of Water Breaks

Harsh Weather Blamed for Water Main Breaks

The Bloomington area has experienced a record number of water main breaks in February, according to a release Monday from the Bloomington Water Department. Additionally, a phenomenon that has not been seen for years, several water service lines have frozen solid while buried several feet beneath the ground surface. Water main breaks occur with greater frequency in the cold weather months. Most of the breaks have occurred in the six inch and smaller diameter water mains. Also water meters and plumbing internal to a home or business have been affected. This winter the water department has replaced about 50 water meters which have frozen and been damaged. Depending on the meter's size, a replacement charge is assessed to the customer. If the smallest water meter is damaged, a charge of $150 is assessed to replace the meter and the cost increases with the size of the water meter. For more information, contact the Bloomington Water Department at 434-2426.
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