Water main breaks becoming a problem for Topeka

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Water main breaks have become a wet, unfortunate trend lately for Topeka.

Topeka has had 43 water main breaks since the beginning of the year and with Topeka’s aging infrastructure people can expect even more coming.

Some of the pipes are more than 100 years old but that is just one of many causes for the breaks.

“In the summertime we always have a significant rise. The ground dries out, the ground shifts in the heat, people are using more water, the demand is higher a lot of times, so those are things that can affect breaks and aging infrastructure obviously,” said Charlie Shinn, Topeka Water Services Manager.

The public works department currently has a one-million dollar budget for repairs. They are considering water and sewer rate increases to repair even more water pipes in the future.


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