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Water crews busy during cold weather
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Jan 30, 2014 | 81 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WINONA - The bitterly-cold temperatures have wreaked havoc on water pipes around the Winona area.

During last week's cold snap, Winona Water Superintendent Frank Faulkner said he could estimate around 85 water pipes burst after freezing due to frigid temperatures. With this temperatures again dipping into single digits, Faulkner said he is expecting more of the same.

"I had many calls to cut water on and off with homeowners," Faulkner said. We can just do the courtesy of cutting the water off for residents because not one was home."

Faulkner said the city's water mains have been amazingly resilient in cold temperatures this year, water crews had to repair several mains around the city.

"So far, the city pipes have done well," Faulkner said. "We had no wells frozen or busted. In the past, that has happned."

Faulkner said four pipes were repaired on North Union, one on Campbell Street, one on Fairground, and several pipes are still waiting for repairs.

"Last week, a six-inch Main blew on Fairground Street," Faulkner said. "That was an all-nighter. We spent all night on that. We started around 8 p.m. and got it finished around 6 a.m. the next morning."

According to Faulkner, the city uses between 650,000 and 750,000 gallons per day, but during last week's cold spell, Faulkner said the city used 1.4 million gallons in one day from water losses due to pipe bursts.

"Some of the wells ran 19 hours straight," Faulkner said.

On Wednesday, Faulkner was anticipating a busy weekend.

"I expect around dinner time [Thursday] it is going to be busy," Faulkner said. "I have a feeling we will be working all weekend."

Faulkner reminded residents to wrap all exterior pipes, keep water dripping from inside faucets, and keep cabinet doors open in storage rooms to help keep pipes from freezing in cold weather.

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