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Water Bureau Crews Repair Main Break on West Burnside

Water rushes down busy street

Thank you to West Burnside travelers and neighbors for your patience on Tuesday as our crews worked to repair an 8" cast iron main that broke around SW 44th Ave.

Water main with hole in side“The elevation changes in the area together with multiple pressure zones made the shutdown tricky,” said Water Bureau Maintenance and Construction Director Ty Kovatch. "But the crews made got it done and were out of the way before 10pm."

Hats off to the Water Bureau crews who worked in the rain from 4pm–10pm to keep traffic moving as they cut, replaced, backfilled, and flushed the main. Rain, cold, summer heat…no matter what nature brings our way, our crews are ready to get to work.

Prepare Your Home for Cold, Winter Weather

Our crews are ready for winter! Water Bureaucrews respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, and seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year, which is relatively low compared to cities of similar size.

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to preparing for winter.

Protect your home from cold winter weather. Discover tips for safe-guarding your home’s plumbing through rain, snow, and ice.