WAUKESHA/MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It has been the busiest winter in several years for area water departments dealing with water main breaks. There are some simple steps you can take to save yourself thousands of dollars in repair costs.
“It could reach the $4,000, $5,000 range if you have to dig up in the road,” Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said.
Don’t want to rack up those kinds of costs? Avoiding a water main break can be as simple as running your water for a few minutes several times a day.
“The frost has been driven down into the ground — farther than we have seen in a number of years and right now, we’ve seen frost as deep as six feet in the ground,” Duchniak said.
That’s deep enough to reach the water mains, as well as the pipes that connect your hose to the water main — called laterals.