LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Warmer weather means more broken pipes and water mains. It also means busy days and nights for plumbers and city workers.
Louisville Water broke down the numbers for the week; they’ve had nearly 1,000 calls from people with no water and more than 90 water main breaks since Monday. Plumbers also have jobs lined up one after the other, fixing burst water pipes in homes.
Crews are responding to the massive number of calls as quickly as possible.
“On Tuesday morning, we woke up and the water in the bathtub wasn’t working to take a shower, so we knew right away something was wrong,” said Andrea Goohay, who lives in a rental house in Germantown.
Louisville Water crews are working 16 hour days to fix their pipelines.
“This has been a very challenging week,” said Kelley Dearing Smith with the company. The repairs sometimes cause a pretty big mess.
“When a water main breaks, sometimes we have to tear up the street, sometimes we might even have to tear up your front yard and we are very sorry and we will fix it,” Dearing Smith explained. “It may not be the next day, it may not be the next 2 to 3 days, so be patient in that regard.”
Arctic air pushed temperatures into sub-zero territory early this week. But, that was days ago, and the problem remains.
“The water temperature doesn’t keep up with the air temperature, so the water coming out of your faucet right now is 33 degrees,” said Dearing Smith. “It’s going to take us 3 to 4, maybe 5 days for that water temperature to get back up into the 40s where we can start to level things off.”
Until then, crews are putting in the long hours and squeezing into tight spaces, working hard to get the water flowing again. No matter the temperature, Louisville Water recommends knowing where your emergency water turn off is located. It’s usually in the basement, often near the hot water heater. It could save your home from a lot of damage.