FORT WAYNE -- Plunging temperatures have taken their toll on the city’s water mains.
City spokesman John Perlich said Tuesday afternoon there had been four water main breaks since 1 p.m. Monday, including two Tuesday morning.
The city is replacing nine miles of water mains a year, but still has miles and miles of aging pipes from the first half of the 1900s. During hard freezes those brittle pipes can easily break.
A City Utilities worker helping repair the break at West Washington Boulevard and Rockhill Street was struck by a vehicle overnight.
Perlich said the worker was hospitalized but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.
He didn’t have details on the accident or how it happened, but said the city’s initial investigation shows workers were following all safety protocols and work rules.
If you see a water main break, call 311, even over the holidays and after hours, as those calls will be routed to water maintenance staff.