SHERIDAN — City of Sheridan crews were busy Tuesday dealing with two water line breaks.
A break in a water main on 11th Street closed down a section of the street from 2 p.m. to about 9 p.m., Utility Maintenance Superintendent Ken Hirschman said. Approximately 12 houses were without water for about five hours.
The pipe was badly corroded, Hirschman said. Crews had to dig it up and replace a piece of the pipe, which takes longer than a typical patch job.
“If the corrosion hole is bad or cracked in a fashion we can’t Band-Aid it, we have to cut a piece in, and get it fixed up, back online and back in business,” Hirschman said.
Later this spring, the city will dig out the repair hole, recompact it and patch up the street. Hirschman said the area may be a bit rough for a while because the street can’t be repaired in this winter weather.
The second leak will be fixed today. It occurred on Connor Street near Smith Street. Only one business was affected by the break, so the other leak took priority.
Hirschman said many factors can lead to a water line leak including pipe age and condition and weather.
“You never know. A lot of times when it gets this cold out, and then you have fluctuations in the weather, the ground can shift and cause the pipe to snap,” Hirschman said.
Typically, residents will alert the city or the police department when they see a lot of water where a lot of water shouldn’t be.
“These main leaks like this, they do create a lot of water. It’s extremely noticeable,” Hirschman said. “Definitely do notify us if you see water leaking. That way we can verify if it’s a city water main, or a water service line, or just melting snow.”
Residents who notice a water line leak should call City Hall at 674-6483 or the Sheridan Police Department at 672-2413. After normal business hours, call the police department. Whether during the day or after hours, the police department is a good contact, Hirschman said, because they are prepared to page the city, which has an operator on call 24/7.
“I can’t say enough for those guys that do that kind of work,” Hirschman said. “Those are long days, and those guys just do it. They’re a bunch of hard workers.”