Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 5, 2013

Water line breaks are not surprising with weather changes

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Even though some Barren Countians may have been concerned over the past weekend and Monday that there were three water main breaks in as many days, the general manager of the Glasgow Water Company said it's not uncommon to have multiple breaks in a brief span, especially when the seasons are changing into and out of winter.

It has been getting colder for a while, Scott Young said, but the ground and the pipes within them are just now getting acclimated, and with all the expanding and contracting that happens, breakages and leaks are more likely this time of year. But an infrastructure failure can happen for other reasons as well.

“This one was just so noticeable because it affected so many people,” he said of a break in a side line at Pritchardsville and Oil Well roads that occurred Sunday. In that instance, a 20-inch transmission line from the Lucas water plant into Glasgow had to be shut down to enable the repairs to the 8-inch, attached line.

About 10,000 of the 16,400 active water customers the company serves were impacted by a water service shutdown for either a little more than four hours or nearly eight hours, depending on the location and the subsequent precautionary boil water advisory in effect until just after midnight in the new year Tuesday.

 

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