The Mohawk Valley Water Authority has responded to a couple dozen water main breaks in the last two weeks, and most of them – if not all of them – can be blamed on the low temperatures.
MVWA representatives say the process of finding and then fixing these breaks take time, and it’s a problem not unique to the Utica area. Cities all over the northeast are dealing with the same issues, they say, and it won’t be solved simply by throwing money at it.
“Honestly, we could spend $200 million and still have a good share of water main breaks going on,” said Patrick Becher, executive director of the MVWA. “So, it's a very expensive proposition."
“It took five hours for utilities to get marked before we could even start to fix the leak,” said MVWA foreman Gary Fischer at a water main break in Utica yesterday.
Crews were working yesterday at the intersection of Milgate and Catherine streets in Utica repairing a water main break, in addition to several others over the past few days.