- U.S. Navy admiral ‘receptive’ to giving Chinese counterpart a tour of carrier
- Islamic State orders female genital mutilation for Mosul girls, U.N. says
- Israeli fire hits U.N. facility in Gaza, killing 15
- Obama encourages ICE to stand down, say former border agents
- Pro-Palestinian protesters attack Israeli soccer team in Austria match
- Virginia police: 2 dead after storm at campground
- Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation
- House members question $17 billion VA request
- N.Y. Gov. Cuomo launches statewide task force to collect LGBT data
- Obama’s motorcade prevents woman in labor from crossing street to hospital
Arkansas utility sees rise in pipe breaks
Question of the Day
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The water utility covering Central Arkansas saw a sharp increase in the number of broken pipes this winter, most likely due to colder-than-normal temperatures and aging infrastructure, officials said.
The 203 broken pipes from December through February amounted to a 64 percent increase from the previous year for Central Arkansas Water, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Monday. Officials said cold temperatures, aging pipes and a velocity increase caused by higher water demand led to the rise.
The utility went over its $1 million budget for repairs and maintenance by $100,000 in January and February. But officials said revenue was above forecasts during those months because customers used more water by letting their faucets drip to prevent freezing.
“When you have extreme weather, whether it’s cold winters or hot summers, you may have a higher amount of breaks, but you’ll always have higher revenue as well,” said John Tynan, the agency’s director of public affairs.
This past winter, temperatures in central Arkansas dropped as low as 9 degrees and a total of 4 inches of snow and ice fell from December through February. Back-to-back storms left many areas without any relief from the cold temperatures. Central Arkansas Water last saw this many breaks in the 2009-2010 winter, when 208 pipes broke.
Central Arkansas Water Chief Executive Graham Rich said galvanized pipes are more likely to break than newer PVC pipes. The utility is in the process of replacing older galvanized pipe, with an average of 4.1 miles replaced each year, Rich said.
“We should be replacing a whole lot more than that,” he said. “It needs to be significantly increased, but to get to that point it’s going to take a number of years. We need to put the process in place to start increasing the amount and have a dedicated commitment to replace a certain amount of pipe every year.”
Central Arkansas Water has 123,000 customers in Pulaski, Saline and Grant counties.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com
TWT Video Picks
The subsidies are a hit with patients who don't exist
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Obama's empty tough-talk: Gun prosecutions plummet on his watch
- Algerian plane diverted due to storms, second aircraft: 116 missing
- Whistleblowers flood VA with lawsuits despite apology
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Obama says public not familiar enough with issues
- Obama dispatches researchers to border to check on National Guard
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Astronaut shares 'saddest photo' from space: Bombs bursting over Israel, Gaza
- Conservative groups decry Democrats' 'war on women' tactic
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq