City's Old Infrastructure is Bursting at the Seams (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – The winter of 2014 will be remembered for many things – near records in snow falls, school cancellations as well as the high number of water main breaks.

Winter time can be extremely difficult on pipes any time there is shifting in the frozen ground because it can cause older cast iron pipes to snap.

In some cases, multiple water mains can burst in the same day.

"We have a very aging infrastructure in this country, including in Fort Wayne,” says Frank Suarez with City Utilities and Public Works. “This is something that our council now has committed to and you know that in 2009 they committed to sewer rate increases to help us improve that system and 2012 water rates so that we could replace more water mains in the community."

In order to fix these as quickly as possible, road crews have been working overtime around the clock.

"It's been a 24/7 operation this whole year. So that certainly is taxing to them but they know that it's important to go out and achieve this and get these water mains fixed. Not only to get the road opened, but to get water back into businesses so that they can operate and into our homes."

Only halfway through February, the city of Fort Wayne has already nearly had nearly 120 water main breaks, which is one-third the amount the city saw in all of 2013.




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