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Leak in Milwaukee water main leads to 33 breaks

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Milwaukee water crews are faced with a lot of work after a leak flooded a south-side pumping station.

Milwaukee Water Works shut down that facility and relied on another plant to get water to its customers, but that increased water pressure throughout the system, causing 33 main breaks.

Utility officials say the agency is working to keep customer outages to a minimum.

"Three of the 33 we had to do emergency shutoffs, which means the block is without water-- and was without water-- for five or six hours until we got there," says Carrie Lewis, with Milwaukee Water Works. "Everybody else is without water only for the two the three the four hours while the crew is doing the actual repair itself."

City officials say the water is safe to drink. The cause of the original leak hasn't been determined.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Water crews in Milwaukee are working to repair more than 20 water-main breaks, after a leak prompted the closure of one south-side pumping station.
  
Crews were out in full force Sunday to repair the breaks. City officials say the water is safe to drink, although some blocks might be without water until repairs are complete.
  
The problem began Saturday morning. That's when an 84-inch water main began leaking, sending water into the pumping station. Officials shut down that water-treatment plant and relied on another plant to pick up the slack.
  
But that led to an increase of water pressure throughout the system, which caused at least 21 other water-main breaks.
  
The cause of the original leak hasn't been determined.



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