Crews work to alleviate headaches caused by water main breaks

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Homeowners we spoke with are calling it a nightmare.

Water is closing in on several homes in Harrison Township after a water main break. 2 NEWS is asking questions with city officials to find out what’s being done and how these breaks can be prevented.

All that’s left from Monday’s water main break is a few potholes, and some yellow caution tape. Now city officials say getting to the root of the problem lies underground.

This is the busy time of the year for Montgomery County Water Services. On Jassamine Drive in Miami Township, crews dig to replace a busted water main.

“A larger portion of them are 50 to 60-years-old. They’re at the end of their usable life and they need to be replaced. Nobody’s wanted to pay to upgrade the system to where it needs to be to keep water safe and consistent service for all of our customers,” said Brianna Wooten, Communications Coordinator with Montgomery County Environmental Services.

Over in Harrison Township, homeowners on Shiloh Drive we spoke with have been waiting for a fix since Monday. A small break is now creating a big problem.

A temporary pond a homeowner never asked for is reflecting and hoping the water doesn’t inch any closer to her home.

Water main breaks are nothing new, as the county is currently fixing three as of Tuesday evening. 2,000 feet of new ductile iron piping is being installed on Free Pike. It’s piping that should last for 100 years. The chances of those breaks really decrease. Sometimes it can be more to repair a main that’s old than to replace it.

The new water mains are paid for with water service rates, not tax payer dollars. And for those who are waiting, “just be patient with our crews. They’re working in very cold, and unpleasant conditions a lot of times to restore water and sewer services,” Wooten said.

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