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Water crews finally getting break after long winter of water main repairs

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Water crews are finally getting a breather, after a winter filled with broken mains and frozen pipes throughout Wisconsin.

In Milwaukee alone, about 660 water service lines burst from December through March 28th. That's almost twice as many as the previous winter.  

Milwaukee water users will end up spending almost $1.7 million for outside crews to inspect and repair broken water mains. That's four times as much as the year before.

Milwaukee will also spend $655,000 for the overtime spent by city employees on all water services connected with the cold.

City water superintendent Carrie Lewis said some of her crews worked 16 hours a day, seven days a week to help the water flowing.

In parts of northern Wisconsin, residents were urged as recently as last week to keep a small amount of water constantly running in their homes to keep their pipes from freezing. That's because there's still a lot of frost in the ground. In that situation, building owners not pay for their extra usage.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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