WLNS TV 6 Lansing: Water Main Breaks
Friday, June 20, 2008
There were five water main breaks throughout Lansing.
They all happened early Thursday morning. Two happened on Mount Hope, one near Bedford and another near Doral. Another break spewed water near the intersection of south Washington and Dunlap. One more near south Jenison and Lenawee, and finally another one broke near Michigan Avenue and Howard.
One group says this is another sign of Michigan's crumbling infrastructure.
Puddles of water and patched holes are left on the road after the five water main breaks. Aletha Smith says she woke up to dry sinks.
Aletha Smith, resident: "There was no water and I was worried about it."
Residents like Smith might have to get used to going without water.
Mike Nystrom, Michigan's Infrastructure & Transportation Association: "It's something the citizens of Lansing need to be aware of: our underground system is very old." Nystrom says water mains throughout Mid-Michigan are failing because they are old and in desperate need of an upgrade.
Mike Nystrom, Michigan's Infrastructure & Transportation Association: "Water comes into the house, we expect everything is fine.... when in fact the pipes all across the state including here in Lansing, are falling apart very rapidly."
The Board of Water and Light says the breaks have nothing to do with the age of the pipes. But instead with the pressure inside the system. BWL says their system is a lot like a balloon when it is filled up with too much air, and the pressure forces the balloon to pop.
Cheval Breggins, BWL spokesperson: "Excessive rains over the last 7 to 10 days lead to a pressure spike at the water main plant which led to the water main breaking."
As for Smith, she doesn't know where the problem lies, but says she hopes she never has to wake up to dry sinks again. Water has since been restored to all BWL customers.