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110 water main breaks reported in Topeka in July

August 4, 2011

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— A Topeka official says extreme heat contributed to 110 water main breaks in the city last month.

Braxton Copley, director of the city's utilities office, says that from 1971 to 2010, the city averaged 39 water main breaks in July.

Copley says aging infrastructure and an increased demand for water also contributed to the high number of breaks.

It costs an average of $4,400 to fix each break, not including the cost of site restoration.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Copley says that from Jan. 1 through Wednesday, Topeka recorded 325 water main breaks. On Wednesday alone, the city had nine breaks by 3:30 p.m.

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