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Water conservation ends, but officials expect more breaks

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The water conservation request has ended, but not the water line breaks around Evansville. Officials expect to see more in the days ahead. 

According to the water department, the intersection of Alvord and Bellemeade is one of the many water main breaks. 

Officials say 101 water main breaks that have been reported between January 1 and Monday. Many of which have been on the southeast side. 

While some of those are now fixed, others aren't and that's affecting people who live nearby.

"They're all over the neighborhood. They're everywhere," resident Carol Webb says. "We've lived in Evansville 43 years and I've never known it to be like this before."

City officials are no longer asking people to conserve water, which is a relief for some, especially those who've had their water shut off while crews worked near their home. 

"Who wants to conserve when you don't have any," Kathy Horvatich asks.

But not everyone is relieved because water issues are still causing problems in some neighborhoods, like boil advisories, traffic congestion, and low water pressure. 

So why so many breaks? Authorities say it's an aging infrastructure. There are 1,000 miles of water lines in Evansville, and of those miles, 600 are old, cast iron pipes, some as old as 70 years. The water filtration plant itself is more than 115 years old.

"There's going to be more problems and just for health issues and not knowing what kind of conditions those pipes are in," says Greg Raben who lives near a break.  

The city is working to upgrade the system. Crews have been out at all hours of the night working to fix the problem areas. 

 

There are still quite a few areas under boil advisories Monday night. Some living on Bellemeade are under one and new advisory has been put into place affecting Broadway Avenue between Hillside Drive and Frey Road. 


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