County averaging 30 water main breaks a day

Water main breaks (WDTN Photo)
Water main breaks (WDTN Photo)

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Cars passed through a wet, slush and snow covered section of Marshall Road in Kettering Friday.  It was the result of a broken water main, not yet repaired.

“We call it plating,” said Brianna Wooten, who is the spokesperson for Montgomery County Environmental Services. ” We will cover a valve that is leaking to make sure it stops leaking as much if we can’t repair it right away.”

Wooten said the county is facing about 30 water main breaks a day.

On Jan 31, one of the biggest water main breaks the county has seen winter happened on Miamisburg-Centerville Road near the Dayton Mall.

In total, over the past two months, there have been 184 breaks throughout the county. Wooten said thats 20 more than last year.

“That really isn’t too uncommon in terms of the amount of breaks,” said Wooten.  “We have three crews who work around the clock to repairs these breaks.  It takes about 2-4 hours to repair each one.”

Wooten attributes the cause in breaks to aging infrastructure and changes in temperature.

“What really causes a main to break is when the temperature changes dramatically,” explained Wooten. ” If it gets warm, then cold, then warm again, that causes more main breaks than extreme cold weather.”

The main break at Marshall and David roads is expected to be fixed Saturday.

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