16 Aug '11, 7pm

Record heat causes nation’s water pipes to ‘burst like geysers’

Record heat causes nation’s water pipes to ‘burst like geysers’

A burst water pipe. Photo: starr61 Cross-posted from Climate Progress . This year's record heat has spawned cow-killing algae, caused sidewalks to explode, and turned reservoirs bloodred . Now it's causing an even costlier problem for communities in the U.S. -- exploding water pipes. As severe heat dries out the ground, old pipes shift around and are more susceptible to breaking. The problem is exacerbated by an increased demand for water during hot days. Towns across the U.S. are seeing increased rates of water pipe failures . Oklahoma saw 685 water main breaks since July -- about four times the normal rate. Kemp, Texas was the most recent victim. Last Wednesday, town officials were forced to shut off water supplies for the 1,110 residents after 14 water pipes burst: Kemp Mayor Donald Kile says the old infrastructure has a lot to do with the problem. The local water treat...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-08-16-record-hea...

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