The cold temps Sacramento’s been experiencing hasn’t just been an inconvenience to motorists who awake to frozen-over windshields or plant lovers who’ve been finding their prize geraniums dead from the frost; it’s also wreaking havoc on the underground water mains which were already dangerously brittle due to their age.
Earlier this month, a 16-inch pipe burst during the dead of night in East Sacramento, flooding a residential street and causing property damage inside several homes. Then, over the past weekend alone, City crews were kept busy responding to nearly 50 more calls of broken pipes and flooding.
Jessica Hess, a spokesperson with the City, told KCRA at the time that ”This isn’t something that will be fixed overnight … Cold snaps like this will continue to expose problems.”
Just this morning, reports of another water main break in a South Sacramento neighborhood caused repair crews to scramble.
As ranSACkedmedia first warned 18 months ago, “residents can expect water main breaks … becoming more commonplace as our critical infrastructure continues to age and crumble.”
Hess says that it will take at least three years to replace all the faulty pipes that the Department of Utilities has ID’ed so far.