Extreme Cold Causing Record Number of Water Main Breaks

The extreme and prolonged cold snap this month has led to a record number of water main breaks around the state.

The Metropolitan District Commision serves almost half a million people in 12 cities and towns, including East Hartford, Hartford, Windsor and Newington, and has been extraordinarily busy over the past few days.

MDC CEO Scott Jellison said January is usually the busiest month for repairs and then there's a significant drop off – but not this year. MDC, he said, has serviced 50 water main breaks already this month which is more than they usually repair in all of February.

The good news, according to Jellison, is that MDC has budgeted for all possibilities so, despite a winter that has crews working around the clock, customers will not see an increase in their bills.

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