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Losing Water: One Main Break at a Time

Posted by Andrew Gordon on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Do these tweets sound familiar? "Avoid driving in the area" - "Residents may experience low water pressure" - "Under boil advisory"

Based on the Water Industry Database for all types of pipe, there are 0.27 water main breaks per mile of pipe per year, which equates to 237,600 water main breaks in the United States annually (Kirmeyer, Richards, and Smith, 1994).

Why do water mains leak or break?

In our experience, temperature, the age of the pipe, material composition, and soil conditions can be factors in why water mains leak or break.

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