This year, the water system in Columbus, Ohio experienced 200 breaks in main waterlines in the heart of the winter season, and 80 percent of them involved cast-iron pipes with the oldest dating back to the 1970s.
Of the waterline breaks reported from Dec. 1 through Feb. 25, most were in the older areas. The 200 included 23 in Upper Arlington, 16 in Whitehall, 14 in Worthington, eight in Grove City and five in Hilliard. Thus far, repairs have totaled upwards of $60,000.
That number – 200 – sounds like a lot, but in reality, it’s the fewest amount of breaks the city has suffered in the past six winters, this according to the Columbus Department of Public Utilities. Between December 2017 and February 2018, there were 240 breaks, while there were 409 between December 2013 and February 2014. Those numbers are astounding.
The aging infrastructure isn’t Columbus-specific. This problem affects the entire nation. The city of Columbus had cast-iron lines installed during the post-World War II era and these are some of the hardest hit pipes. With brutal winters and sub-zero temps, these problems are bound to arise in the winter months.
The city has $30 million a year budgeted for waterline replacement. It’s not replacing the aging infrastructure unless there’s a problem and they’re broken, or there is a street project underway and the pipes need replaced.
Through 2023, more than $100 million is budgeted for general water-main rehab. That number doesn’t include the millions more budgeted for other line improvements.
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