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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Skokie Spotlight: Water Main Repair

Water main repair crew

Raise a glass (of water) to the Village's hard-working Water & Sewer Division staff, who brave extremely challenging and often bitter cold conditions to repair water main breaks at all hours of the day and night. See photos of a crew repairing a water main break.

Water main breaks can happen any time, but are especially common during and immediately following periods of extreme cold. Making a repair requires:

  • Identifying the location of the break
  • Marking other utility locations in the immediate area
  • Notifying impacted residents of water service interruption
  • Excavating the area around the broken main
  • Placing shoring in the excavated area to protect crew members
  • Cleaning the main and placing a stainless steel sleeve (essentially a water main band aid) over the break
  • Backfilling the excavated area and completing temporary pavement restoration

Repairing a water main break can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, depending on utility conditions, location and weather. Public Works staff return to locations at a later date to make permanent main and street repairs.

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