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Over 300 water main breaks reported in Evansville this year

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The City of Evansville has seen over 300 water main breaks from January until now. 

There were over 200 breaks in January, 70 in February, and so far, 20 in March. In 2013, there was 315 all together and are close to passing that number. 

Officials say that just in the past three months, the city has spent between around $600,000 in overtime and additional materials. In that same time period, they've lost about $300,000 to $400,000 in lost revenue. 

Officials say there's a variety of reasons for so many breaks this year, the main reason being weather. 

Director of Utilities for Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Allen Mounts says the number of water main breaks are dropping. He now says the reason is because of old pipes.

"It's definitely dropped off quite a bit. It's not quite the battle it was in January and February," Mounts says. "We're almost to last year's total and we've got the rest of the year to look forward to here, so the ripple effect has been significant although it's starting to die down."

Mounts says the city has enough money to pay for all these breaks, but if there's more, they may have to look into getting help. 

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