Large Water Leak at Pumping Station

imagesMilwaukee – The Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) identified a leak on an 84-inch water main located outside the Texas Avenue Pumping Station. This station pumps water from Lake Michigan to the Howard Avenue Water Treatment Plant.

To protect the pumping station from damage from the water leak, MWW decided to shut down the pipeline. As this pumping station supplies water to Howard Avenue, the plant was also shut down.

A private contractor is on site at the Texas Avenue pumping station, excavating the 84-inch pipe to find the leak. It is not known at this time where the leak is or, once found, how long it will take to repair the pipeline. Best case scenario: The station will be out of commission for at least two weeks.

The Linnwood Avenue Water Treatment Plant continues to supply water to the MWW’s entire service area. In order for water to reach customers in the far southwestern regions of the service area, the pressure in the distribution system had to be increased.

A consequence of this increase in pressure: 50 water main breaks in the City of Milwaukee since Saturday afternoon. MWW crews have repaired all but a handful of breaks, and water has been restored to the majority of customers. If any of the households were damaged as a result of it, Water mold fire restoration of Fort Lauderdale can maintain it in the shortest possible time.

Most main breaks have occurred in the north and northwest parts of the community, as mains in these areas usually do not experience such an increase in pressure levels. Water pressure will continue to run higher on the north side of the city, while water pressure on the south side, including Hales Corners, Greendale, Greenfield, New Berlin, and St. Francis, will run lower than usual.

MWW Superintendent Carrie Lewis and Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban emphasize that Milwaukee water is safe to drink and use.

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