Four Englewood water main breaks occur in close succession

Workers responded at south and northwest ends of Englewood

Posted 1/7/19

Englewood saw four water main breaks on Jan. 5, two of which were repaired by the next morning, according to Englewood police.

The breaks — three located near the south end of the city and one …

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Four Englewood water main breaks occur in close succession

Workers responded at south and northwest ends of Englewood

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Englewood saw four water main breaks on Jan. 5, two of which were repaired by the next morning, according to Englewood police.

The breaks — three located near the south end of the city and one in its far northwest corner — were caused by the fluctuation in temperature from the cold spell on New Year's Day to highs in the 50s and 60s, according to Daisy Yu, a management analyst with the City of Englewood.

Ground movement from freezing and unfreezing causes cracks, leaks and breaks in pipes, according to Yu.

"Since 2016, we recorded an average of 23 breaks annually with 77 percent of breaks occurring between November and March, months with potential for severe winter weather," Yu wrote in a city memorandum.

Water mains are never shut off during repairs, so residents do not experience outages, but they may experience low water pressure, Yu wrote.
 
The break at West Warren Avenue and South Vallejo Street in the northwest, along with one at East Bellewood Drive and South Logan Street, were fixed by that morning. One near West Quincy Avenue and South Elati Street was repaired Jan. 7. And the one at East Chenango Avenue and South Sherman Street scheduled to be fixed Jan. 6, said Investigator Scot Allen, spokesman for Englewood police. Impact on traffic was to be minimal, he added.

The morning of Dec. 21, a water main break occurred a few minutes south of the recent break at Warren Avenue, at West Bates Avenue and South Wyandot Street, according to the City of Englewood on Twitter.

The city's water systems are operating well under maximum capacity, and peak usage —  which occurs during summer months — averages less than half of maximum capacity, Yu wrote.

"In comparing year-over-year demand, we see a minor drop in average daily usage from (December 2017  to 2018), even as the city continues to grow and develop," Yu wrote.

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