Water main break affects south Tulsa

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Reported by: Andrew Carter
Updated: 1/24 9:07 pm Published: 1/24 9:06 pm

Water main breaks have been a constant theme for Tulsa city crews this year.

After a harsh winter, Tulsa crews told FOX23 they were expecting more calls on water line breaks as things thawed out.

Friday, City of Tulsa crews handled multiple water line breaks, including a 12-inch line, in south Tulsa.

This January the city of Tulsa has already seen 19 more breaks than the five-year average the city is used to.

Friday’s water line break at 57th and Sheridan streets was only one of the few breaks city crews were handling that day.

Thursday was very cold, but city crews were relieved when no calls came through of water main breaks.

FOX23 caught up with Tulsa water earlier and quickly learned that when there are a lot of breaks, there is an increase in leaks, which is something the city is now focused on.

FOX23 spoke with John Richardson, the city of Tulsa’s Utility Systems operations manager.

“As breaks come in we will take care of those.

Our crews normally work four 10-hour days a week, as of January the 15th we moved them to five 10-hour days a week, to try to offset, get ahead of the number of leaks we have," he said.

The city of Tulsa’s water crews who work overtime during the week get paid out of enterprise funds, which come from water bills, not the city's general fund.

Stay with FOX23 for the latest in water main breaks and how you can avoid them on your daily drive.

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