UPDATED Tuesday, December 24, 2013 --- 11:35 p.m.
The Madison Water Utility responded to a main break on the 2700 block of Rimrock Rd.
It was the 6th water main break of the day.
UPDATED: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 --- 5:45 p.m.
The frigid temperatures overnight are wreaking havoc on water pipes around the city.
On a day when they're supposed to be celebrating, Madison Water Utility workers instead spent Christmas Eve digging.
"We had some plans with family and that stuff, but every once in awhile you just gotta change them. Family knows," said Greg Kolek, an equipment operator.
Kolek and 24 others were called in on the holiday to repair five water main breaks around town. He's working on one at Struck St. off Watts Rd.
"It's a 10 in. main, so we have to make a pretty big hole to get around the water main and then go down and hopefully just repair." Kolek was still looking for the source of the leak Tuesday afternoon. He anticipates a big mess once he finds it--this particular pipe provides a lot of water for businesses in the area.
"And the thing is, we don't have enough trucks right now to support everybody. That's why we're waiting on a truck right now," Kolek said.
"Normally it's a blank screen, but now it's showing so many vehicles," said Karmjit Singh. "We have leaks coming on constantly."
Over at the water utility office, Singh had his hands full. He's responsible for coordinating where each crew is supposed to go, as well as monitoring water pressure levels throughout the city. He says sometimes the graphs can help him identify where there's a water main break. In Tuesday's case, it was concerned citizens who reported the emergencies.
"We'd like to thank the paper boys, actually, who were delivering the paper, they were the one who always call in," Singh said.
"You just never know with this type of weather, we could be here all night," Kolek said.
Despite the cold and the inconvenience, Kolek isn't complaining: "It's just part of the line of work, it's just what we do."
Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2013 --- 11:54 a.m.
So far, Madison Water Utility crews have responded to five main breaks Tuesday.
An official says the extremely cold temperatures appear to be taking a toll on the mains.
The breaks occurred at the following locations:
1) 634 Struck St.
2) 1906 Dolores Dr.
3) 702 Wedgewood Way
4) 1350 MacArthur Road
5) 4310 Bonner Lane
Two have already been repaired.
If you notice a sudden drop in water pressure, water bubbling up through a crack in the street or even a large standing puddle of water that would normally be frozen in these single-digit temps, call the Utility's main break hotline at (608) 266-4661.