Madison Water Utility crews dealing with high number of main breaks

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 9:03am

Madison Water Utility crews are bracing for what could be a busier than usual main break season this winter. Since temperatures dropped late last week, crews have responded to about a dozen water main breaks across the city. The sudden, extreme cold coupled with a lack of deep insulating snow cover makes water pipes below ground especially vulnerable as the frost line deepens quickly.

If you notice water bubbling up through a crack in the street, or even a large standing puddle of water that would normally be frozen in these single-digit temps, it could be a main break. Contact our Main Break Hotline at (608) 266-4661.

Madison Water Utility emergency crews respond to more than 200 water main breaks every year. That’s why we’re undertaking the enormous task of replacing nearly half our water mains – nearly 400 miles of pipe. Check out our website to find out more about the Utility’s plans to rebuild and renew Madison’s aging water infrastructure.


Water Utility
Main Breaks, Water Infrastructure