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Toledo plagued with water main breaks

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The City of Toledo says scenes like last weeks water main break on the Anthony Wayne Trail are likely to continue popping up all over the city. Residents and city leaders are worried.

Toledoan Billy Watts lives four houses down on Wildwood, but we found him shoveling the snow at the corner of his street.

"I'm trying to find the sewer so when it does melt I can get drainage off our street its bad. We get a big thaw the street floods with water then over night it freezes and it causes all kinds of problems for every resident in the neighborhood," said Toledoan Billy Watts.

The City of Toledo has been pounded with severe winter weather. The commissioner of public utilities says the arctic blast led to 92 water main breaks in just a month and a half. He says after the thaw it's only going to get worse.

"When that's gone the insulating value that the cold has is going to be gone.The cold the cold that's coming is going to drive it deep. So we are going to get frost deeper than we've had it yet. So that means it will get worse in terms of water main breaks and frozen services to houses," said the commissioner of public utilities Don Moline.

Moline says water main breaks comes with the territory. He says the city has budgeted ten million dollars to repair the aging water lines. Many of the lines look like this. When they break the city uses stainless steel bolts to fix them.
     
"But every time an individual breaks its about $2000 every time something breaks then you get the thing you just saw at Broadway or the one on the
Anthony Wayne trail those are way outside that normal two thousand dollar number," said Moline.  

Watt says last weeks huge water main break near his house on the Anthony Wayne trail was enough.  He's willing to do whatever it takes to help out the city.

"We're just looking for a little relief. Just come and mark the sewers for us and I'll dig them out in my neighborhood and I'm sure there are other people in other neighborhoods that would dig them out as well,"  said Watts.
 
The deep freeze is not over. Moline says residents should let their faucets drip when the cold weather returns. The city estimates it will cost you less than 37 cents day.

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