TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -This summer's heat continues to affect almost everything from farmers crops to car batteries. Lately, the most water Topeka has been seeing is that spewing from broken water pipes!
Topeka's Director of Water Services Charlie Shinn says there have been around 145 water main breaks just within the month of July.
Extended water usage combining with the heat and old pipes have his crews forced to work 18 hour work days just to keep up.
He says,"The hot and dry weather has definitely been a real stress on our system and with the extreme conditions the soil is moving around plus we have alot more demand and usage so we have to push more through the pipes and that creates weak spots in the pipes also."
Charlie informed me that after the water main is taken care of workers make sure all the air and sediments that have built up within the pipes during the repair are flushed out making the homes' water safe for use again.