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Public works explains water main breaks


Last updated 2/8/2021 at 11:29am

Staff and wire report

With sub-zero temperatures back in the area to stay for a while, Havre Department of Public Works has released some information about what water main breaks are, what causes them and what people can expect if a break occurs.

Following is the Public Works release:

What is a water main break?

A water main is an underground pipe that delivers water to the customer’s service pipe. In residential areas it usually runs under the street. If a hole or crack develops in the pipe, the water will typically find its way to the surface. Because the water main is under pressur...

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