Concerns Over Main Breaks Continues With Cold Weather

Feb 27, 2014

The bitter cold is back for another round in Southeast Michigan, raising concerns about more water pipe breaks. Ann Arbor has seen a high number of water main breaks this winter already.

Larry Sanford is the Assistant Manager of the Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant. He says the water main breaks happen due to certain conditions, such as shifting of the ground and deep penetration frost.

 Sanford says there is not much they can do right now prevention-wise, but the department is ready to fix any breaks that might occur. 

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.