Warmer Weather Causing Water Main Breaks

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Now that the weather's warming up, it's reeking havoc on water pipes. Those pipes are now bursting and all that water is melting and pouring out, leaving some cities scrambling. The issue has hit Odessa hard.

NewsWest 9 crews saw water spilling into the streets at places we drove by, combine that with the melting snow and it's a recipe for slick roads. Crews have been working nonstop to fix the leaks.

"I've been here since 3:30 this morning," City of Odessa Utility Worker, Brandon Pugh, said.

Pugh has been working non stop to try and fix the broken water lines.

"Whenever it gets hot or cold, the ground expands and contracts, and it just breaks lines and that just the way it gets," Pugh said.

And that's why the City of Odessa is dealing with three major breaks, one on Maple and Century, the other on Texas and 4th and on 17th and Lincoln.

"There's no way to prepare for it, we don't know how hot or how cold or where it's gonna break," Pugh said.

"City of Odessa told us, we weren't having any water, so we went on crisis mode and loaded water," Pam Uslan with Clover House in Odessa, said.

Others who are fortunate to have water, but are near a main break, are worried of the mess that it might cause.

"Yeah we are worried about it, what's to say it's not gonna sink in and cause harm to someone or water goes spraying everywhere," Odessa Resident, Ledona Prieto, said.

In the meantime, Odessa utilities crews are working around the clock to fix these breaks.

Motorists are asked to be patient and drive with caution in construction area. All everyone can do right now is wait to see how the water lines will react to the warm temperature change.

"Hopefully they will quit breaking and we can go home," Pugh said.

NewsWest 9 also called around to find out if other cities were having the same problems. Midland utilities officials said they are not working on any major water breaks.

The City of Big Spring is not having any major breaks either but they say that may change for the weekend.