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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — This past week, News 8 has reported on a number of water main breaks affecting both residential areas, and school districts.  

Water main break causes dismissal at Geneseo schools

The Monroe County Water Authority says yes, this time of year makes up most of their annual number of responses.

“We gear up for this every year,” Monroe County Water Authority Director of Operations Steve Trotta said. “This is pretty typical. We average about 600 to 700 main breaks a year, and I think those three months account for about 250 of those.”

After water main breaks that cancelled classes Thursday at the Greece Athena Middle and High School and earlier this week at schools in Geneseo, my interview with the Monroe County Water Authority Thursday afternoon took place across from where crews were tending to another break near Buffalo Road, but the Water Authority told me seeing this many water main breaks is common around this time.

Trotta: This time of year, December, January, February, are typically our busiest months for main breaks.
Gio: And why is that
Trotta: Freezing temperatures cause the ground to freeze, a little ground movement, and that causes water main breaks.

Trotta says crews are ready at all times and explained that protocols are the same when responding to a break near a residential area versus a school.

“The main breaks are pretty typical no matter where they are,” Trotta said. “You have to shut down the water main, excavate and repair it, notification to the people who are going to be affected is important, but they’re all pretty similar.”

As for residents in areas where a break has occurred, Trotta said there are ways to prepare to be without water while crews work to fix the area.

“If you do notice a main break in the area and know we’re going to respond to it,” Trotta said. “You can draw water to anticipate us coming and shutting the water off. Most people take water for granted. You turn on your tap and there it is. But when you don’t have it, you realize how often you do need it and how often you use it for almost everything.”

The Monroe County Water Authority also says residents have been very cooperative and understanding when the water in the area has to be shut off.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — This past week, News 8 has reported on a number of water main breaks affecting both residential areas, and school districts.  
Water main break causes dismissal at Geneseo schools
The Monroe County Water Authority says yes, this time of year makes up most of their annual number of responses.

“We gear up for this every year,” Monroe County Water Authority Director of Operations Steve Trotta said. “This is pretty typical. We average about 600 to 700 main breaks a year, and I think those three months account for about 250 of those.”

After water main breaks that cancelled classes Thursday at the Greece Athena Middle and High School and earlier this week at schools in Geneseo, my interview with the Monroe County Water Authority Thursday afternoon took place across from where crews were tending to another break near Buffalo Road, but the Water Authority told me seeing this many water main breaks is common around this time.

Trotta: This time of year, December, January, February, are typically our busiest months for main breaks.

Gio: And why is that

Trotta: Freezing temperatures cause the ground to freeze, a little ground movement, and that causes water main breaks.

Trotta says crews are ready at all times and explained that protocols are the same when responding to a break near a residential area versus a school.

“The main breaks are pretty typical no matter where they are,” Trotta said. “You have to shut down the water main, excavate and repair it, notification to the people who are going to be affected is important, but they’re all pretty similar.”

As for residents in areas where a break has occurred, Trotta said there are ways to prepare to be without water while crews work to fix the area.

“If you do notice a main break in the area and know we’re going to respond to it,” Trotta said. “You can draw water to anticipate us coming and shutting the water off. Most people take water for granted. You turn on your tap and there it is. But when you don’t have it, you realize how often you do need it and how often you use it for almost everything.”

The Monroe County Water Authority also says residents have been very cooperative and understanding when the water in the area has to be shut off. Read More Monroe CountyRochesterFirst  

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