Water main break shuts down Dayton street

A water main break on S. Westview Ave. near E. Third St. in Dayton (Photo: Zev Orenstein)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Crews worked to repair several water main breaks in Dayton Tuesday.

Police say someone reported the break around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning near the intersection of S. Westview Ave. and E. Third St.

Crews shut down S. Westview Avenue between E. Third St. and Fourth St. to make repairs.

The Director of Dayton Water Department Michael Powell says December is the busiest month for his crew.

“We always have people on standby to respond to emergencies and we call people in and we can respond typically within 30 minutes,” said Powell.

A water department worker says it was a six-inch break. Crews shut off the water so it could drain. The area opened back up to traffic around noon.

Powell says they work as quickly as they can to not disturb residents and to maintain the city’s water supply. He says most water main breaks from aging infrastructure and fluctuating temperatures.

“This is the time of year where you can have several breaks happening at the same time and it takes a little bit to make sure they fix them properly and they’re working in the cold weather,” said Powell.

The road will remain shut down until crews are sure it is safe. The water department may need to cut out a section of the road to make repairs.

To report a water main break you can call the city’s 24/7 dispatch center at 937-333-4905.

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