Water main break destroys street near Los Angeles, California - July 29, 2014    

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Since 2013, a conspicuous number of water main breaks and sinkholes have been reported across the U.S.  While water lines commonly rupture during winter months, especially in regions experiencing subfreezing temperatures, large water mains are fracturing in southern states where ground temperatures remain above freezing.

Notable water main breaks and sinkholes during the first 6 days of 2013:


January 1

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - "Super Sinkhole Walter" and 40 Others

Harrisburg officials expect it will take several weeks to repair damage from a massive sinkhole that forced dozens of residents to evacuate.

The city’s Department of Public Works said it could be another 30 days before water, sewer and gas lines are replaced in the neighborhood where the sinkhole is causing problems.  "Super Sinkhole Walter," as the North Fourth Street collapse has been called, is big enough to have its own Foursquare check-in location.

On Thursday, the massive hole partially swallowed a construction backhoe.

The hole opened Monday morning, and later opened a bigger hole.

A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson said the city must replace the entire water and sewer system lines on the block.
The spokesman, Robert Philbin, said new water and sewer lines will not be working for five to six weeks.

These two large sinkholes in the 2100 block of North Fourth Street are among at least 40 sinkholes covered by steel plates citywide, according to Kevin Hagerich, director of the city’s Department of Public Works.

Interactive Map of Known Sinkholes in Harrisburg







January 3

Malibu, California - Recurring Water Main Breaks

Another water main break in Malibu collapsed part of John Tyler Drive as crews worked to repair the leak.

A broken water main and partially collapsed road have narrowed traffic to one lane on Malibu Country Drive near John Tyler Drive.

Between 30 and 35 customers in Malibu Country Estates are without water. Los Angeles County Public Works received a call about a partially collapsed roadway on Malibu Country Drive at 9:30 a.m, according to spokesman Mike Kaspar.

Kaspar said the road is cut down to one lane for approximately 100 yards.

This is the second water main break reported in Malibu in as many days. On Wednesday, the main that supplies water to the Adamson House broke and employees from Public Works worked overnight on a temporary fix and permanent reroute of the underground pipeline. Westbound traffic on Pacific Coast Highway was cut down to one lane between Malibu Inn and Serra Road while crews made the repair.




Grand Rapids, Michigan - Big Hole / Deep Water

A water main break has closed the westbound lanes of 44th Street between Division Avenue and U.S. 131 in Wyoming, Michigan

A broken valve is causing complications in repairing the break in a 16-inch water main and the road may be closed until Saturday, authorities now say.

The valve, which broke in a partially-closed position, must be replaced before the water main can be fixed, Wyoming Director of Public Works William Dooley said in a statement on Friday, Jan. 4.

The water main broke area of 44th Street SW and Clay Avenue on Thursday.

The westbound lanes of 44th Street are closed near Clay Avenue, and Clay is closed from 44th Street north to Louisiana Avenue.

Dooley said the repair is taking much longer than anticipated because of the valve problem. Water is still flowing from the main because the valve cannot be closed.

A private contractor has been called to help city crews and they expect to fix the valve this afternoon.

Dooley said the water main break has not affected drinking water to area residents.

“Once the valve has been replaced, we will start work to repair the water main and hope to have that wrapped up yet today. We recognize and apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused to businesses, area residents and motorists and are working as quickly as we can to return things to normal," Dooley said in the statement.




January 4

New Orleans, Louisiana - Cajun Geyser

A water main break in the middle of Adams Street near Maple poured water into the streets Friday afternoon.

Sewerage and Water Board crews arrived on the scene around 1:30 pm to address the incident.

An hour or so later, the break erupted into a full-blown geyser, showering Adams Street with water.

Water was rising on the sides of the street near several Uptown businesses, creeping up on the tires of some cars.





January 5

Atlanta, Georgia

A massive water main break caused headaches for both residents and drivers on Clairmont Road in Chamblee, more than 24 hours after it first happened.

A huge hole opened up in the road between Airport Road and Wingate Road Saturday morning. Residents in the area were without water for much of the weekend after the 30-inch water main break.

DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan told Channel 2 Action News that they first had to clear out the water from the hole to determine the cause before they could begin repairing it. Major damage to the road and the sidewalk could still be seen well into Sunday morning.

Brennan says the pipe's age could have been a factor in the break.

Police were on the scene to re-direct traffic away from the area near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.



Sacramento, California

Water main break floods East Sacramento neighborhood

A 16-inch water main broke Saturday morning, turning two streets into ponds and damaging several homes along 39th and D Streets.



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority says that a 30-inch line broke in the Oakland/Bloomfield area near the South Millvale Bridge at Morewood Street.

Two Port Authority stations and a portion of bus routes were closed after the water main break.

The break happened in North Oakland around 6 a.m. and the Neville Ramp, Herron and Negley Port Authority stations were closed as a result, our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

The East Liberty station is as far as inbound buses can go and outbound buses will make it to the 26th Street Ramp, the Post-Gazette says.

Officials said the water main break exposed a 24-inch Equitable gas line.

“Public Safety is our No. 1 concern,” Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Director of Operations Tom Palmosina said in a press release. “PWSA crew responded immediately and began isolating the leak.”

PWSA officials said that all efforts are being focused on the gas line.



January 6

Seattle, Washington

A large water main break on Sunday caused the closure of State Route 20 in Port Townsend near the ferry terminal.

Around 3 a.m., Police and Public Works responded to the 1800 block of Water Street where the break was reported near the Tides Inn and Suites.

Portions of State Route 20 pavement were raised several inches above the original road bed as pressure from the water pushed up to the surface. When crews first arrived on scene they found water running west down the road. At least one business, The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, had flood damage as water rushed into the building.

The closure affects commuters traveling to the Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry route.  Detour routes for ferry traffic have been set up through city streets.

Water to at least a dozen businesses and residents was shut off but was restored by 3:30 p.m.

The Department of Transportation will not have materials available to begin repairing the highway until sometime Monday, according to Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT communications manager.

Detours will remain in place until crews determine the road is safe to reopen, which would occur Monday at the earliest.

The cause of the break is under investigation.


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Comment by Mark on February 12, 2017 at 8:16pm

Water, water everywhere: Homes are left completely submerged as a mains pipe bursts turning a high street into a fast flowing river 


Dramatic video of a major mains pipe burst which has left hundreds of homes without water has been posted online.

Huge volumes of water have flowed down the road in the Waterhead area of Oldham.

Engineers have been at the scene examining the pipe burst which may have damaged electric cabling underground.

The burst happened in Culvert Street, close to Waterhead Academy, and the road has been closed in both directions.

Water firm United Utilities has apologised to the homes and businesses affected.

The footage, published on Facebook by Daniel Garforth, shows water building up on Huddersfield Road and flowing down Sidebottom Street, next to the Shepherds Boy pub.

The fire service has also attended and a section of pavement outside the pub has collapsed under the weight of water.

The pub itself is believed to have been damaged due to the volume of floodwater involved.

Comment by M. Difato on February 6, 2017 at 3:09pm


February 05, 2017  CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (WTVD) -- The Orange County Health Department and Orange Water And Sewer Authority (OWASA) said Saturday afternoon that OWASA water is safe for drinking and other uses, but customers should limit use to essential purposes because water supplies remain below normal levels.

If you have questions about water issues, text OWASAWATER to 888777 or call 919-245-6111.

"OWASA tested samples from across the service area to ensure the water is safe for public consumption," said Orange County Health Director Colleen Bridger. "All of the tests came back safe earlier this afternoon. In light of these results, Orange County Health Department is rescinding the Do Not Use order."
Bridger also said hotels and restaurants can re-open.

Residents who were affected by the water shortage were able to claim free water supplies in Chapel Hill and Carrboro Saturday morning.

Orange Water and Sewer Authority said it started getting water from the City of Durham late Thursday after an accidental overfeed of fluoride within the water treatment process at the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant.

Then there was a major water main break Friday morning on the northeast side of Chapel Hill near Dobbins Drive, and officials say the alternative water supply was able to keep up with demand.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2017 at 12:47am


Traffic diversions continue after Cuckoo Bridge collapse 

Published 16:54 Friday 03 February 2017
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A burst water main saw Cuckoo Bridge collapse.
Traffic diversions are continuing in the area of Cuckoo Bridge, on the outskirts of Spalding, after a burst water main caused part of the bridge to collapse. Reader Martyn Brisland told us: “A water main burst sweeping away half the road and the embankment of the North Drove Drain under Cuckoo bridge. “The bridge is closed with signposted diversions. “Anglian Water attended very quickly and within a few hours had replaced the main. They also phoned affected customers to inform them of the problem. However the damage to the road and river bank looks quite considerable.” A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council highways said: “A section of the bridge collapsed last Friday as a result of a burst water main. The road is currently closed while the necessary repairs are made. At this stage, we don’t have a firm date for when it will re-open. In the meantime, traffic is being diverted via Horseshoe Road, South Drove, The Delph and North Drove.” Anglian Water said repairs will be carried out by specialist contractors. Emma Staples, from Anglian Water, said: “Unfortunately the water pipe that runs across Cuckoo Bridge – via a special pipe duct in the bridge – burst last Friday causing some damage to the bridge itself. “Our engineers got to site as a priority to replace the damaged section of main. However, the bridge repair needs to be done by specialist contractors. We have agreed with the local highways team that they will repair the bridge on our behalf. This work is due to start week commencing February 13 and take around a fortnight.

“We are also looking to relay the whole length of main across the bridge, once the bridge is repaired, replacing the cast iron main with a PVC main which will prevent a similar problem in future. “Thankfully the roads are well connected in this area allowing various diversions, but we are sorry for any disruption to customers living locally.”

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