MOUNT VERNON — Although there have been about eight water main breaks in the city this month, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Judy Scott said “four or five” of them have been “contractor related,” while the rest have been weather-related.
Although lines are buried below the normal frost line, breaks occur more frequently in winter because of shifting ground when it freezes.
A break in a sewer line caused the closing of Howard Street Friday while it was repaired.
A break was also reported on Granville Road Friday. It was repaired by night fall.
City Engineer Cameron Keaton said the extreme cold has forced the suspension of work on the East Chestnut storm water project. He said that when temperatures get back into the 20s, they’ll resume work on Edgewood Road and the section on Highland Drive north of Chestnut Street.
Despite the cold winter and frequent snow, the city has an ample supply of rod salt, Street Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported
“We’re not going to run out,” he said. “We have enough on hand to get through the next two storms and I just ordered another 100 tons.”
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