Extreme Cold Breaking Underground Water Pipes

The extreme cold is starting to have an impact on underground water pipes.

Last week a water main in Wilson burst in front of the courthouse because of the deep freeze, and other cities here in the east are starting to see similar problems.

In Kinston they're seeing about three new water leaks a day because of the cold, while Greenville Utilities says it's had a half dozen breaks because of the cold weather.

Unlike your water pipes, there's not much cities can do to protect the underground water lines other that to hope this cold snap soon ends.

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  • by Christopher S. on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    James Shaw you are "THE MAIN MAN". You Go Boy.
  • by Brenda Warwick on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    My heart goes out to the Kinston employees, especially James Shaw, who is working so hard to fix the broken Water Mains. "YOU GO JAMES". "THANK YOU". YOU ARE A VERY DEDICATED WORKER.
  • by Darrren Location: OBX on Jan 11, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    May I make a suggestion to all....how about insulate the pipes. That at least prevents damage on the pipes which cost money.
  • by Smarter Than You Location: EI on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    I suspect they are lower than the typical frost line for this area. It isn't often we get temps like we have the past 2 weeks.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Jan 11, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    To anonymous (shakes head)
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    Why not just bury those pipes a little lower that the frost line? Where frigid temps. go on all winter up north they have hardly no problems.

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