Water main breaks increase as temps drop

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GREER SC – With temperatures hovering around freezing, workers across the Upstate were sent out to fix to several water main breaks in Greer and Greenville this week.
“The ground shifts, it gets cold.
Our pipes re-adjust, they swell and they break,” explained Alison Rauch, communications director for Greer Commission of Public Works.
The pipe burst caused more than 100 homes in the immediate area to temporarily lose access to water.
Rauch explained a Boil Water Advisory was issued for several hours on Wednesday.
“We just encourage people to boil their water for one minute before drinking or cooking, that way it gets rid of any contaminants that are in the water.” Over in Greenville, brown muddy water spilled into a very busy intersection at the corner of Academy and West Washington Street Wednesday afternoon.
Greenville Water spokesperson, Olivia Sloan, warned of distracted drivers and ice.
“When there’s a water main leak obviously there’s water and when it freezes, it turns to ice.
While temperatures are expected to gradually increase over the coming days, Sloan and Rauch told 7 News that their crews were prepared for more pipe problems in the coming days.

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