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Communities Deal With Continuous Water Main Breaks

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ALBION, Mich. (WLNS) - Homeowners in the Albion area are being asked to run a continuous stream of water until further notice to help keep main water lines from freezing. Since January 1, officials in Albion have responded to 10 water main breaks.


Dan Lykins knows firsthand the struggles the City of Albion's had getting water, as he's been out since last Friday.

"It's been horrible this year. It seems like everyone around me is freezing up," said Lykins, who lives in Albion.

"Beneath the surface, currently there's about three to four feet of frost to the point where you have to use an air hammer just to get through it," said Jim Lenardson, the Supt. Waste Water Albion. He says it has made it difficult on their machines and for crews to keep up with all the calls.


"We've had ten as of [Wednesday] morning," said Lenardson.

Additional help has been brought in, along with special equipment, but Public Service Director Ken Markovich is asking all of those who live in Albion to continuously run a pencil thin stream of water.

He says running the water will be equal about 400 to 500 gallons a day per resident, but they won't have to pay anything extra for it. "We'll have to back it out of their bill, whether it be through a manual calculation or an average from the previous year," said Markovich.


Officials are asking everyone to just be patient.



There's an unusually deep frost line this winter, down to four or five feet in many areas. Water departments in several communities including Lansing, East Lansing, Brighton and others, have also dealt with numerous water main breaks during this bitter cold winter.

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