Water main breaks plague the city

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Reported by: Preston Jones
Updated: 2/11 8:14 am Published: 2/11 7:32 am

TULSA, Okla. - City crews have fixed a water main break in midtown that left some students without water on Monday. City crews work 60-70 hours a week to keep up with all of the breaks. Contractors were hired over the weekend to help out. FOX23 found out that there were more than 200 water main breaks in Tulsa in January. There have been more than 100 so far this month. More than 20 of them were on Monday.
The latest was the water main break near 41ST Street and Harvard Avenue that left students without water all day at Patrick Henry Elementary. Employees setup hand washing stations and brought in bottled water for students.
Over the night on Monday another water main break in a neighborhood near 21st Street between Sheridan and Memorial happened. Water from that break coated the streets with ice then it snowed on top of that.
At 21st and Utica a major water main break on Saturday night shut down part of 21st Street and that same pipe broke again on Monday. The city has $9 million in the budget for repairs. That money comes from the water and sewer bill. Tulsa will have 60 million dollars in the next five years for water line replacements. The money comes from the Improve Our Tulsa fund.

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