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Drought major factor in slew of water main breaks in Quincy

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Water main breaks are popping up all over Quincy and city officials say the weather is playing a major factor.

Quincy's Director of utilities, David Kent says the city has seen six water main breaks in the past week, and says this could be one of the many side effects of the drought.

Kent says the drought has eroded the dirt that surrounds the aging water pipes, leaving them unstable.

He also says the fluctuation in temperatures is to blame.

"It may get up into the low to mid 30's then drop down into the single digit numbers and that all plays into the fact that the earth shifts and it causes the lines to break," said Kent.

Kent says while there is no way to predict which water main will break next, the city looks for certain areas that have seen numerous pipe breaks in a short amount of time, to get a better estimate.

 

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