Akron | Water main breaks wreak havoc on budget

AKRON -- The unusually cold temperatures are wreaking havoc -- not only on city water lines -- but also on budgets.

Akron alone has seen almost as many water main breaks in the past two months as it normally sees the entire year.

It's been a rough winter on the Water Department and residents.

Mulvina Goodwill just came home from the hospital only to find that her water had been turned off.

She has been using bottled water to drink and wash dishes.

"I turned the water on, and there wasn't any," said Goodwill.

A water main up the street broke on Saturday, but crews were unable to get it fixed until Monday.

It's one of more than 200 breaks in Akron in January and February alone.

"It's been pretty bad. It's probably the worst we've seen in the 30 years I've been with the city," said Rick Forsythe, water distribution superintendent.

And that's costing the city significantly more than what it budgeted.

"No. We couldn't foresee this. We've probably used up six months of our over time budget in these two months. Most of the work we have to do is nights, weekends and work around the clock. Patience is wearing thin, but we're getting the job done," he said.

Now that the boil alert has been lifted in Goodwill's Coventry Township neighborhood, she can go back to using her water.

"It's hard. Especially when you got animals," Goodwill said.


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