Frigid temperatures cause 4 water main breaks overnight - WKRN News 2

Frigid temperatures cause 4 water main breaks overnight


The frigid temperatures are being blamed for a cycle of water main breaks. Busted pipes all over town kept Metro Water Services busy Saturday morning.

Crews had worked four overnight breaks, one on Hopedale, Nolensville, 5th and Main in East Nashville and at the corner of McGavock and Elm Hill Pike.

"Anytime we have severe cold weather, the ground freezes. The water in the pipes gets cold and the temperatures change. The ground can shift and that's what causes some of our older cast iron mains to snap. They become very brittle," Sonia Harvat with Metro Water Services explained to News 2, adding that crews were prepared to deal with bursting pipes.

"We have had crews on-call all week. We increased our on-call crews this weekend in preparation of main breaks that we are going to be experiencing," she said.

Harvat says we are likely to see another cycle of bursting pipes in the coming days. She urges anyone that sees water running over a roadway to alert Metro Water Services.


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