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Posted: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 2:00PM

Water Main Problems Plague St. Joseph, Benton Harbor

The Twin Cities are dealing with a slew of water problems this winter, and more frigid cold is on the way that threatens the water pipes. St. Joseph has had 42 water main breaks so far this winter, up from an average of 20.


That's St. Joseph Public Works Director Derek Perry discussing the water problems with the city commission on Monday. City Manager Richard Lewis added broken water mains have been a big headache.


St. Joseph's record was 36, set in 1998. The problem is no better in Benton Harbor, where the Fire Department, Renaissance Athletic Club and the Charles Gray Recreation Center are allowing residents without water to use their showers. Mayor James Hightower tells us crews have been working to get that service restored.


In St. Joseph, a water main break in January resulted in 5.5 million gallons of water being lost at Main Street and Lake Boulevard, with the repairs needing two weeks. More water main problems are possible the rest of this week and even into next week with a return of bitterly cold weather.


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