Neda Simeonova is editorial director of Water & Wastes Digest. Simeonova can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1011.
A 10-degree change in the air or water temperature can dramatically increase stress on pipe. With most of the country experiencing a blast of polar weather—3,000 flights canceled on Sunday, Jan. 5, and temperatures expected to drop as low as -17°F in some areas—there is an increased chance of water main breaks.
Main breaks cannot only leave thousands of customers without service, but also severely impact roadways and traffic.
Utilities take winter preparations very seriously. Most rely on rapid response centers, skilled teams and contractors on standby, trucks, heavy equipment and the latest technology, all ready to roll.
What type of emergency response techniques does your municipality utilize to help combat potential winter weather threats? E-mail WWD at [email protected] to share your solutions.