Western Springs releases report explaining record water main breaks in 2012
WESTERN SPRINGS – After experiencing a record-high 66 water main breaks in 2012, which prompted a flood of phone calls from concerned residents noticing cloudy water coming out of their faucets, Western Springs’ Municipal Services Department released a report April 12 to explain the circumstances that caused the increase.
The 2012 Water Main Break Report cites last summer’s drought and heat wave as the main reasons for the 66 breaks, the most since the village starting collecting the data in 1972, while downplaying the effect of construction on the village’s new reverse osmosis water plant.
“We got quite a bit of phone calls,” said Matt Supert, director of the Municipal Services Department. “Unfortunately for us, we had a giant project which was highlighted [as a cause for the breaks]. Really, that wasn’t necessarily the case. There were some instances when the project did affect the mains, but it was mainly the drought.”
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